Disorganized schizophrenia, also known as hebephrenia, is one of five schizophrenia subtypes. The disorder is characterized by disorganized speech and behavior, and it also comes with disturbances in emotional expression. Disorganized schizophrenia patients tend to have less pronounced delusions and hallucinations, but there’s still strong evidence these symptoms occur. The disorder is best managed if diagnosed and treated early. It tends to have earlier ages of onset than several other kinds of schizophrenia, with the first symptoms appearing between fifteen and twenty-five years old. The earlier the age of onset, the more difficult it is for the patient to have a normal quality of life, though diagnosis and treatment can help in any case. There are several different symptoms, most of which relate to an individual’s communication and emotional processing.
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Schizophasia is a type of language often called ‘word salad’ in the mental health field. This language is confused and often repetitive. It can be a symptom of several mental illnesses, including disorganized schizophrenia. The biggest characterization of schizophasia is a confusing word usage of words that don’t appear to have any relationship or meaning. Experts believe when it occurs like this, it’s a sign of a formal thought disorder. In the DSM-V, schizophasia is not considered a medical condition of its own, but is instead treated as a symptom of an overarching mental health condition. The intentional production of nonsense isn’t the same as schizophrenia. For example, an individual who speaks exclusively in codes or makes up palindromes isn’t exhibiting the disorganized thought patterns and speech inherent in schizophasia.
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