Of all the mental conditions that we know off, schizophrenia is perhaps the most stigmatized 1. Unfortunately, the stigma is not without good reason as it can result in some very extreme and unusual symptoms. However, not all symptoms of schizophrenia are bizarre or extreme, and many people do lead relatively normal lives after being diagnosed with the condition.
Some of the most notable and alarming symptoms include delusions and hallucinations. People with schizophrenia can also have very erratic speech and unpredictable actions. Some symptoms are less noticeable to others but can still be very destructive to the person with the condition.
Symptom #1: Delusions
For the most part, we live our lives according to the reality of what is going on around us. We can separate fact from fiction and not be affected by hypothetical or fictional situations. However, for people suffering with schizophrenia, this is not always the case. They often suffer from delusions, convinced that such fantasy or fiction is very real indeed.
With delusions, schizophrenia sufferers might be convinced that something terrible is about to happen despite there being no reason to believe it. They are often convinced that people are trying to harm them when it is simply not true. They can also be deluded into believing that they are suffering from fictional illnesses that they just don’t have.