Problems associated with Schizophrenia as a disorder Schizophrenia not only affects the person with the disease but also their relationships with the people around them. Schizophrenics often withdraw and isolatethemselves, thus, developing paranoia and creating difficulties within their relationships.Their paranoia causes them to form absurd and suspicious beliefs about their family or friends. And it is hard to reason with them because they are incapable to think rationally.The common signs and symptoms they have are grandiose delusional thoughts, anger,tendency to argue, intensity when interacting with others and violent behavior. Aschizophrenic accuses everyone around him of lying or somehow trying to hurt him. Andit would just be normal for all the people who love him and deal with him to feelfrustrated and run out of ways to respond anymore. Usually they would feel irritated andconfused on whether to just go along with such crazy accusations or otherwise, toconfront them. And these arguments destroy the relationship, if not, close to giving upon it.Schizophrenics are unable to carry out routine daily activities; this is due to thedelusions, hallucinations and fantasies they experience which confuse them to focus ontheir tasks, even simple ones like eating meals and taking baths. They behave quite sillyand have troubles of taking care of themselves. Other signs and symptoms includeimpaired communication skills, incomprehensible or illogical speech, emotionalindifference and infantile behavior. Because of these, they lose touch on how they are
Schizophrenia is a brain disease that interferes with normal brain functioning. It causes affected people to exhibit odd and often highly irrational or disorganized behavior. Because the brain is the organ in the body where thinking, feeling and understanding of the world takes place (where consciousness exists), a brain disease like schizophrenia alters thinking, feeling, understanding and consciousness itself in affected persons, changing their lives for the worse.
Schizophrenia symptoms include difficulty thinking coherently, interacting with others normally, carrying out responsibilities and expressing emotions appropriately. Even simple everyday tasks like personal hygiene can become unmanageable and neglected. The disease can thus impact every aspect of affected people's work, family, and social life. Though not affected directly, family members also frequently become distressed and overwhelmed by the difficulties involved in providing care and in coming to terms with the transformation of their loved one into a patient with a serious chronic illness.
Psychosis and the loss of reality
A defining feature of schizophrenia or paranoid schizophrenia is psychosis. Psychosis occurs when a person loses the ability to discriminate between real and 'imagined' experiences, and therefore loses touch with reality.
People with schizophrenia commonly experiencehallucinations, which are phantom sensations that only they perceive (such as voices speaking to them that only they can hear), and delusions, which are fixed, mistaken ideas (sometimes quite outlandish and illogical ideas) concerning themselves and their surroundings.
Both hallucinations and delusions are involuntary in nature, occurring spontaneously and without premeditation on the part of the patients who experience them. Typically, attempts to correct patients' delusions are met with resistance and defensiveness. From their internal perspective, patients' delusions seem to be true.
While the hallucinations and delusions characteristic of psychosis are 'imagined' in the sense that they do not have a solid, consistent basis in reality, they are nevertheless unavoidable and appear as real as other more reality-based perceptions to the people who experience them.
Schizophrenic persons have little choice but to take their hallucinations seriously as their malfunctioning brains cause them to experience hallucinations uncontrollably with the force of real sensations. Hallucinations are thus a sort of 'virtual reality' that schizophrenic people become trapped within, and the delusions that form around these hallucinations are a natural response to this unintentionally altered perception.
People with schizophrenia tend to think and act differently than other people because the occurrence of hallucinations, delusions and other symptoms characteristic of schizophrenia causes them to experience reality very differently than other people. This loss of reality can be terrifyingfor both schizophrenic people, who struggle mightily to make sense of their inner perceptual chaos, and for the people around them who grapple with trying to understand why their loved ones are acting in such odd and seemingly disorganized ways.