What is disorganised schizophrenia?

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Schizophrenia is a chronic mental condition that affects roughly 1% of the population. No one knows what causes it and there is currently no cure, and although scientists have made, and continue to make great progress in an attempt to understand it, there is still very little that is known about schizophrenia.

Disorganised schizophrenia is just one of several different sub types of schizophrenia that have been identified. It is characterised by disorganised thought processes, erratic behaviour, and incoherent speech, and is sometimes called Hebephrenic schizophrenia, named after Hebe who was the Greek God of Youth. This is because this type of schizophrenia typically develops in young adulthood between the ages of 15 and 25 and also because of the childish and ‘silly’ behaviour that is often displayed by someone with this type of Schizophrenia.

Symptoms of Disorganised Schizophrenia

? Inappropriate giggling, laughing, grimacing or smiling
? Irresponsible and unpredictable behaviour
? Bizarre emotional responses or lack of emotion
? Rambling and incoherent speech
? Behaviour appears to be aimless and have no purpose, goals are abandoned
? Unable to feel pleasure
? Indifference and lack of motivation
? Hallucinations and Delusions may occur but are not the prominent feature of this type of schizophrenia

These symptoms can overlap with other forms of schizophrenia as well as other completely different mental health conditions so it is important to seek the help of a qualified health professional or psychiatrist who will be able to conduct a full examination of the patient’s physical and mental health in order to rule out any other possible causes and obtain an accurate diagnosis.

Prognosis and Treatment of Disorganised Schizophrenia

As Schizophrenia is a lifelong condition and there is no cure for it, treatment will usually involve medication often combined with some form of psychotherapy or counselling. Although disorganised schizophrenia is thought to have a poor prognosis because of the development of negative symptoms and decline in social functioning, with appropriate treatment and the right support, many people do go on to lead full and satisfying lives.

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