What Is Schizophrenia?
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):
“Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that interferes with a person’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions and relate to others.”
Individuals with schizophrenia typically have their first episode in their late teens to early 30s, but symptoms present themselves earlier in men. Sometimes, the symptoms of schizophrenia can have physical causes, and other times, they may be mistaken for those of another mental illness (i.e. depression).
Not only does Tapestry offer an adolescent treatment program, but we also confirm your diagnosis before we begin treatment with our in-depth admission process.
What Are the Symptoms of Schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia presents itself in stages or phases. The first stage is called the prodromal phase and is more likely to be mistaken for another mental illness or typical teen behavior.
Symptoms of the prodromal phase include:
- A change of friends and routine
- Social withdrawal and isolation
- Sleep problems
- Anxiety and distrust
- Lack of motivation
- Difficulty concentrating
Individuals can experience these symptoms for up to 2 years before their illness intensifies. Once schizophrenia moves into its active phase, many people begin suffering from hallucinations, delusions, negative symptoms, and cognitive issues.
If you or a loved one is seeing things no one else does, exhibiting paranoia, or having difficulty with organizing thoughts and completing tasks, it may be time to ask for help. Another symptom of active schizophrenia is behaving or speaking in a dull, emotionally flat way.
Many people do not realize they are experiencing schizophrenia because their hallucinations and delusions feel so real. As such, many people only pursue treatment after their friends and/or family members express concern.
Whether you are a concerned loved one or someone looking to get well, our supportive team at Tapestry is here to help you take the next steps.