What is Schizophrenia? •Schizophrenia is a neural disorder characterized by a difficulty to distinguish reality from fantasy
- Delusions – “These are false beliefs that are not based in reality”
- Hallucinations – “These usually involve seeing or hearing things that don't exist. Yet for the person with schizophrenia, they have the full force and impact of a normal experience. ”
- Disorganized thinking – Consists of Impaired speaking ability meaning that questions may not be completely answered or complete thoughts may not be expressed
- Extremely disorganized motor behavior – “Behavior isn't focused on a goal, so it's hard to do tasks. Behavior can include resistance to instructions, inappropriate or bizarre posture, a complete lack of response, or useless and excessive movement.”
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