a mental illness characterised by severe irrationality in thought and behaviour.
What to look for
A diagnosis of schizophrenia
is considered when a person experiences at least two of the following symptoms:
rigidity, or floppiness of limbs.
negative symptoms, such as
inaction, silence, loss of will.
These symptoms are usually
accompanied by a substantial decrease in the ability to interact with others.
The onset of schizophrenia is
usually characterised by the psychotic symptoms listed above or by strange behaviour or
the symptoms can be less in severity.
Most report a sense of being
different and not connected with others. They are often lonely and anxious and they do not
know why they feel this way.
A person with this illness
may have their own way of communicating and may not be able to stick with one idea, they
may flit from one thought to another rapidly and not make sense to a person who is
listening to them. These people can often be suspicious and can hear voices speaking to
There are many theories with
regard to the cause of schizophrenia. Most specialists agree that symptoms are provoked by
chemical disturbances of brain function. Genetics is another possible cause as well as
particular family upbringing.
A combination of medication
and psychotherapy is usually required to help the patient resume a normal life and
interactions with people.
Because schizophrenia is such
a serious and complex disorder, few natural therapies are known to be effective. However,
research interest in schizophrenia has grown rapidly in recent years.
possibilities that certain supplements are able to help people with this illness. They are
B complex, Choline, Zinc, vitamin C, vitamin E, and manganese.
(See our Vitamin Section)
When to seek further
- you or someone you know experiences the
symptoms listed in the description section.