My friend is acting weird these days. He talks to himself a lot, stares into space, and sometimes acts like he is afraid of something. He has a past of substance abuse but that was five years ago and he had already been to rehab. Do you think it is schizophrenia? I researched the web and this is the closest one I got with what I observed from him.
Yes, he often secludes himself now. He doesn't admit that there something wrong. And he doesn't want to tell his problems. He's shutting himself...
It could be he's suffering from it or he's totally depressed. You might want to ask him if to consult a doctor. At the least, he can stop it while it's just starting rather than waiting for it to become worse.
Thank you! I already convinced him to go to a doctor. I haven't heard from him yet, but I hope he's going to be fine...
I know schizo mainly through the movies revolving on that disease. Common symptoms observable in characters with schizo is hallucination, depression and seclusion. Good thing you are keen enough to see that there is something wrong with your friend. Your actions might have save his life in the future.
My boyfriend just told me today that he is a schizophrenic and I have never met anyone with schizophrenia so I am a bit nervous about this information. I just thought he was all over the place because he was fun and he had ADD. He admitted that he should probably be on medication but he refuses.
The symptoms of schizophrenia are often split into two groups - positive and negative
Positive symptoms ('in addition' to normal behaviour):
- Thought disorder which includes irrational thinking, the inability to sort out the plausible from the impossible and disorganised speech
- Delusions which are firmly held incorrect beliefs. For example, the belief they are being watch or followed or that there are hidden messages that are meant only for them
- Hallucinations are sensory experiences which feel real but aren't. These could pertain to any of the senses but are commonly auditory hallucinations.
Negative symptoms (lacking normal behaviour):
- Lack of eye-contact
- Failure to experience pleasure in things they normally would
- Loss of motivation
- A flattened emotional response
- Attention difficulties
- Being catatonic (still for long a long time, actions performed much slower) or very agitated with fast paced movements
Note: That whilst these symptoms pertain to schizophrenia having one or even several does not mean that you are schizophrenic. For example, hallucinating smells can occur in certain types of epilepsy. Failure to experience pleasure is common in depression. Attention difficulties could be ADHD. Etc.
Schizophrenia is a very complicated illness, it can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are connected with many different conditions. The most obvious symptoms are hearing voices, delusions and hallucinations. Maybe you should talk to your friend about it and ask whether he would consult a doctor.
I am glad you have sought help for your friend. As someone else said, the diagnosis of schizophrenia is a complex one...something that no matter how obvious it may seem can only be diagnosed by a professional. I hope your friend receives the help he needs and that he makes good progress soon.