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Individuals suffering from schizophrenia will sooner or later face a loss of contact with reality, which is known as psychosis.

As with any other disease, schizophrenia is characterized by numerous symptoms, which may vary from one person to the other. The same person may experience different symptoms, depending on how the disease manifests itself.

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Symptoms that occur but should not be present.

• Hallucinations : False perceptions, such as hearing, seeing, tasting, feeling, or sensing something that does not exist in reality. Auditory hallucinations are the most common.

• Delusions : Fixed false beliefs entertained by the affected person only, and which persist despite their implausibility. For example, the person may believe that others are spying on them or conspiring against them, although this is anything but true.

• Disorganized thought : Difficulty processing and organizing thought. The person has a hard time connecting their thoughts and communicating them clearly to others. Their speech may become incoherent and illogical, their emotional responses may be inappropriate, and their mood may not match what they’re saying. The person may suddenly switch from one topic to another.

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Abilities or aptitudes the person usually has, but which may be diminished or absent because of the disease.

• Lack of energy, interest, or motivation : The disease may tend to make the person passive, sleep long hours, neglect their hygiene or grooming, and lack resolve or interest in undertaking or carrying out routine tasks (household chores, studies, work). Such an attitude gives an impression of indifference, negligence, a lack of will, and laziness.

• Decreased emotional expression : Emotional expression decreases, the face becomes blank, the voice monotonous, and movements become less spontaneous.

• Social withdrawal : The person no longer enjoys their recreational activities, abandons friends, retires into their bedroom, and becomes more isolated.

• Poverty of Speech : The individual has difficulty conducting a conversation, is less likely to speak up, their answers may be brief and unclear, and there might be a greater delay in responding to questions.

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These symptoms affect the person’s ability to understand, analyze, and remember information. The most frequently diminished abilities are:

• attention;

• memory;

• judgement;

• ability to plan and organize;

• ability to self-assess and self-correct;

• speed of execution.

The symptoms of schizophrenia cause significant suffering for the individual and interfere significantly with their ability to function socially and professionally.

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Medication is very important in the treatment of schizophrenia, and it must be taken regularly and diligently.

Support therapy helps the person cope with the effects of the disease on their social and professional lives, as well as providing support in solving daily problems and motivation to pursue the various necessary treatments.

Psychoeducation’s goal is to provide information to the person suffering from schizophrenia and their family regarding the disease, its evolution and treatments, the warning signs of a relapse, and stresses to avoid (drugs, strong emotions, etc.), which may aggravate the disease.

Psychosocial and vocational rehabilitation aims to equip the person so they can take better care of themselves and resume fulfilling activities, such as working, studying, or volunteering, through training in social skills, communicating, problem solving, etc.

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