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Schizophrenia a psychotic disorder in which personal, social, and occupational functioning deteriorate as a result of strange perceptions, disturbed thought processes, unusual emotions, and motor abnormalities. Some Symptoms of Schizophrenia. Positive Symptoms Delusions Hallucinations

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Schizophreniaa psychotic disorder in which personal, social, and occupational functioning deteriorate as a result of strange perceptions, disturbed thought processes, unusual emotions, and motor abnormalities.

some symptoms of schizophrenia
Some Symptoms of Schizophrenia
  • Positive Symptoms
    • Delusions
    • Hallucinations
    • Motor Movements
    • Strange Behavior
  • Negative Symptoms
    • Flat Affect
    • Lack of Motivation
    • Lack of Movement
schizophrenics have disordered thoughts and speech
Schizophrenics have disordered thoughts and speech
  • Disorders of Form
    • Incoherent, does not follow normal rules
      • Loose associations (word Salad)
    • Neologisms (made up words)
  • Disorders of Content
    • Delusions
      • Prosecutorial - “out to get me”
      • Somatic - something wrong with body
      • Grandeur - belief of being especially important
      • Control - external control
schizophrenics have disorders of perception and attention
Schizophrenics have Disorders of Perception and Attention
  • Derealization
    • Body doesn’t feel real to them
  • Hallucinations
    • Exaggerated sensory experiences
    • Hearing voices
      • Running commentary
      • Associated with activity in auditory cortex
schizophrenics can have motor and affect d isturbances
Schizophrenics can have motor and affect disturbances
  • Motor Disturbances
    • Catatonic or Mania
    • Behavioral disorganization
      • Poor hygiene, inappropriate dress (layers of clothes)
      • Inappropriate behavior
  • Affective Disturbances
    • Flat or inappropriate affect
    • Avoid eye contact
    • Agitated and excessive emotion
some causes
Some Causes?
  • Swollen ventricles
    • Indicates reduction in brain matter
  • Frontal Lobe Abnormalities
    • Difficulty with frontal lobe tasks
  • Dopamine Hypothesis
    • Overactive response of the dopamine system
      • Linked to positive symptoms
    • Neuroleptics work on dopamine system
      • By blocking dopamine