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Why do people with schizophrenia talk in weird ways?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Many people with schizophrenia have trouble communicating. This is due to several factors:

  • - People with schizophrenia often have trouble distinguishing between what is real and what is not. This may cause them to act or speak in ways that do not make sense to other people.
  • - People with schizophrenia often do not experience the usual range of emotions that most people feel. They appear emotionally flat and do not show emotions on their face or in their body language. This may make communicating more difficult.
  • - People with schizophrenia have a different thought pattern than most people. Their thoughts may not proceed in logical or organized sequences. When they talk, other people might have trouble understanding what is being said. They may even stop talking mid-sentence, make up strange words, or use existing words that don't make sense in conversations with others.

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