Symptoms of Schizophrenia
by Amy Scholten, MPH
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:
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:
These are psychotic symptoms. People in this phase lose touch with reality. They may have:
Negative symptoms are what is lost in normal emotion or behavior. They may have:
These change how the brain works. People may not be able to:
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Last reviewed December 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD
Last Updated: 8/15/2019
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