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What is disorganized schizophrenia?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Disorganized schizophrenia is a type of schizophrenia where people have thoughts and behaviors that don't make sense to other people. This form of schizophrenia causes great difficulty for people with the illness because they are often unable to take care of themselves. For instance, actions like getting dressed, bathing, and making meals are often neglected. People with disorganized symptoms are sometimes irritable and act inappropriately, saying things that others can't understand. Disorganized schizophrenics may even make up their own spoken and written language.

Another symptom exhibited by people with disorganized schizophrenia is a flat affect. This means that their facial expressions don't change and don't show any emotion. On the other extreme, those with disorganized schizophrenia may act or show emotions that do not fit the situation, like shouting or having outbursts when others are in a quiet or serious mood.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Disorganized schizophrenia is one of the five subtypes of schizophrenia. It is associated with disorganized and difficult to understand speech and behavior. People with disorganized schizophrenia may also have a very flat affect (meaning they lack emotion) or express inappropriate emotions.

Disorganized schizophrenia is one of the more severe types of schizophrenia, a mental disorder in which individuals have trouble understanding what is real. People with disorganized schizophrenia are often unable to interact normally with society, as the disorder is characterized by odd behavior, speech, and expression of emotions. Generally, people who have this disorder think in a sporadic way that does not make sense to individuals without the disorder. Some disorganized schizophrenia symptoms can be contained with medication, but not everyone responds to the medical treatment.

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