early warning signs of the Schizophrenia has to do with the fact that teenagers experience a variety of mood swings and eccentric behavior.
Bizarre Behavior: Unusual behavior: The person may exhibit “odd” or “unusual” behaviors that may make no sense. For example they may wear their pajamas backwards to work. They will do things that make zero logical sense and just seem weird.
Cognitive Decline: It will be noted that the person experiences significant decline in mental performance. They may not be able to concentrate, cope with problems, and may drop out of school or life. They may also experience a significant degree of confusion and may easily lose things.
Depression: The person typically displays significant signs of depression before the disease develops. The individual may appear emotionless and/or in a state of deep despair.
Drug Abuse: Many people with schizophrenia turn to drugs to alleviate their mental pain. In some ways this is viewed as self-medicating. However, it should be noted that in some cases illicit drug abuse could cause or exacerbate psychotic symptoms.
Flat Affect: The person may talk or appear emotionally flat – as if they have zero emotion or life. They may also gaze at you as though they are lost or clueless. They may not be able to cry or express any form of happiness or excitement. This flat emotion may contribute to an odd, flat speech as well.
Hearing Voices: Most people that have schizophrenia experience auditory hallucinations at some point. Although hearing voices in your head does not always indicate mental illness, if these voices are destructive in nature and encouraging self-harm or dangerous behavior, they are a likely indicator of this illness.
Inappropriate Emotion: For example during a time of sadness or someone’s death a person with this condition may laugh or chuckle. They may express inappropriate emotions at times that clearly do not fit their reaction.
Magical Thinking: This is when someone thinks that they have special or supernatural powers. They may assume that other people are jealous of their supernatural “powers.” This shows a gross disconnect with reality.
Paranoia: The person may believe that others are talking behind their back. They may also develop intricate theories about others trying to poison them or hack their thoughts. Many people with paranoia believe they are being followed by government officials or that people are plotting against them.
Poor Hygiene: The individual’s personal hygiene may go downhill fast. They may no longer shower, trim their hair, brush their teeth, or take care of themselves. They may totally neglect their personal hygiene and
Social Isolation: The person will withdraw from social activities and isolate themselves from society. They may skip school, work, and/or other activities that involve talking to other people.
Sleep Changes: The person may sleep excessively or be unable to sleep for very long.
Suicidal Behavior: The person may self-harm and/or be involved with accidents that cause damage to their body. A common example could be cutting oneself. The person may also exhibit suicidal thinking.
It should be noted that many of these symptoms listed are not necessarily indicators of schizophrenia alone. There are many people that withdraw from social activities, become depressed, and sleep a lot because they are anxious, have depression, or another mental illness. However, if you experience many of these symptoms together, it is a likely indicator of schizophrenia.