Schizophrenia can develop later in life.
Late-onset schizophrenia is diagnosed after the person is 45.
People who have it are more likely to have symptoms like delusions and hallucinations.
They’re less like to have negative symptoms, disorganized thoughts, impaired learning, or trouble understanding information.
What are the first signs of schizophrenia?
The most common early warning signs include:
- Depression, social withdrawal.
- Hostility or suspiciousness, extreme reaction to criticism.
- Deterioration of personal hygiene.
- Flat, expressionless gaze.
- Inability to cry or express joy or inappropriate laughter or crying.
- Oversleeping or insomnia; forgetful, unable to concentrate.
How long does it take to diagnose schizophrenia?
While there is no single physical or lab test that can diagnosis schizophrenia, a health care provider who evaluates the symptoms and the course of a person’s illness over six months can help ensure a correct diagnosis.
What does schizophrenia look like?
What Positive Schizophrenia Symptoms Are Like. These simply mean experiences that someone with schizophrenia has, such as hallucinations, delusions, unusual physical movements, and illogical thoughts.
What happens when you have schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally. Schizophrenia may result in some combination of hallucinations, delusions, and extremely disordered thinking and behavior that impairs daily functioning, and can be disabling. People with schizophrenia require lifelong treatment.