How do brain tumor symptoms mimic schizophrenia?

Dr. Isaac Yang, MD

Schizophrenia is a psychiatric condition with problems in thought for a person without a brain tumor. Sometimes, though, when a brain tumor is large and occurs in the brain’s area of personality and thought, it can be possible for the tumor to disrupt personality and thinking. This may result in symptoms that mimic schizophrenia.

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

When a person has a brain tumor, he or she may exhibit some symptoms that are similar to those found in people with schizophrenia. For instance, a brain tumor can cause changes in a person's mood. People who were once social and friendly may withdraw from others and become moody. Personality characteristics might change, and work performance may suffer. Others might start behaving in odd or bizarre ways, similar to people with schizophrenia. Confusion, fatigue, trouble speaking and memory problems may occur. In order to accurately diagnose a person, a doctor might order a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scan.

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Brain Tumors

Brain Tumors

When irregular cells form a mass in the brain tissue, the result is a brain tumor. Some brain tumors are benign, while others become cancerous (malignant). Brain tumor symptoms range from headaches and seizures to loss of balance, ...

vision changes, confusion and memory loss. The tumor's size and location, as well as your age and health, play a large part in deciding a course of treatment. Learn more about diagnosing and treating brain tumors with expert advice from Sharecare.

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