Last time out we looked at what Schizophrenia means and why it is prevalent today. There are different clinical types of schizophrenia, they include:

Paranoid schizophrenia

Hebephrenic schizophrenia

Catatonic schizophrenia

Residual schizophrenia

Undifferentiated schizophrenia

Simple schizophrenia

Post-schizophrenic depression


Every illness has a symptom or symptoms, schizophrenia isn't left out. What are the signs you need to know to confirm if someone has this illness? These are what we would be looking at. However, see a doctor make the correct diagnosis and not assume that these symptoms automatically means you are suffering from schizophrenia.

 Affective flattening: This a broad term for symptoms like; poor eye contact, paucity of expressive gestures, unchanging facial expressions, lack of vocal inflexions.

 Alogia: This means the individual has a shortage of speech, speech becomes incoherent, increased response latency

Physical anergia

 Lack of persistence at work

 Impaired grooming and hygiene

 Few recreational interests

Impaired intimacy

 Little sexual interest




 Bizarre clothing and appearance

 Thought insertion and withdrawal


 The pressure of speech, etc.


As serious as this mental illness can be, it can be treated. But like the maxim "prevention is better than cure", it is better not to allow this get to the almost irreparable stage before treatment. Some of the treatment technologies for schizophrenia include:

 Somatic treatment

 Pharmacological treatment

 Electro-convulsive therapy

 Miscellaneous treatments

Psychosocial treatment and rehabilitation– self-help organisations, family intervention, social skills training.




Abdulhakim Bashir Tijjani

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