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Schizophrenia is a mental disorder described as a specific style of thinking Individuals who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia schizoids have tendencies to blend or merge together usually distinct characteristics of experience in a troubled and conflicted manner To diagnose a person as schizophrenic several key symptoms medical personnel look for The person often experiences bizarre delusions such as being controlled by an outside force Grandiose or religious delusions such as believing that they are the president or Jesus Christ Auditory hallucinations are common These occur when the person hears a voice in their head that keeps up a running commentary on the individuals behavior or two or more voices converse with each other Incoherence marked loosing of associations markedly illogical thinking and deterioration in productivity at school or work Schizoids may exhibit brief frenzied states of manic excitement as well as catatonic episodes Schizophrenia i s broken-down into the four following subtypes disorganized catatonic paranoid and undifferentiated Disorganized schizoids are often incoherent do not hallucinate and appear to be silly Comments are often inappropriate and blunted These individuals often have manic phases The catatonic type occurs when an individual develops a catatonic stupor has noticeable decrease in reactivity to environment and has a reduction of spontaneous movements and activity or mutism Catatonic schizoids sometimes develop rigidity which is the maintenance of a rigid position against all efforts to be moved Persons with this disorder often develop posturing which is the voluntary assuming of an often bizarre or inappropriate position these individuals revert to their position when feeling threatened or withdrawn This type of schizophrenia does not develop manic phases but periods of catatonic excitement which involves excited motor activity that is apparently purposeless and not influenced by external stimuli Paranoid schizophrenia is dominated by delusions and hallucinations Persecutory delusions develop when the individual believes that a person or groups of people such as the CIA are out to get them or control them
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