Symptoms of Schizophrenia
Symptoms tend to start between the late teens and mid-30s. It can happen in children, but it is rare. They may be noticed by the person who has problems or those close to them. They often vague but can follow a pattern. The phases are:
There may be no symptoms at this stage. In those that have them, there may be:
- Changes in behavior such as angry outbursts
- Less grooming or hygiene
- Trouble thinking clearly or remembering things
- Trouble at work or school
- Less interest in social life, activities, or hobbies
- Sleep problems
Symptoms build slowly and worsen over time. They are different for each person. People may have symptoms from one or all of the next phases:
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- Adrian Preda, MD
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