Public misconception fuelled by movies and the media, mean that terms such as catatonic schizophrenia are already stereotyped before the words have even been said! In this particular case, the implication of someone suffering from catatonic schizophrenia is that they don't move very much, however, although that is true of some sufferers, it is not true of all.
Catatonic schizophrenics can be divided into a range of different subcategories based of various aspects of psychotic behaviour displayed. Although immobility is definitely one of them, various other types of physical movement or non-movement in relation to the surrounding environment and people in it, are distinguishable as a trait of catatonic schizophrenia.
Catatonic Excitement is one subcategory that is difficult to handle by both sufferers and the people surrounding them, alike. It involves frenzied activity, with little direction. A person displaying this type of behaviour would flay their arms wildly around, move in circles, and/or make loud noises, with no apparent reason or motivation. Generally, catatonic excitement relates to activities to do with a person's motor skills.
Negatism is another subcategory of catatonic schizophrenia, and refers to a person's defiance to move or be moved. Suffers can also ignore spoken instructions and refuse to communicate.
An added subcategory of catatonic schizophrenia, is one where the sufferer adopts unusual or peculiar positions, facial expressions, or mannerisms, sometimes for an extended period of time. It can involve symptoms sometimes confused with obsessive compulsive disorder, where items need to be stacked or displayed in a certain way. Not doing so can result in severe anxiety.
Very hard to handle by family and friends is the aspect of catatonic schizophrenia where a person mimics or repeats what is being said or done, seemingly endlessly.
It is usually done quite rhythmically and seems to be of some sense of comfort to the schizophrenic. Usually, any outside communication from family and friends whilst this is occurring is completely ignored.
Interestingly, the frequency of catatonic schizophrenia in men and women remains the same, however, with men, the disease tends to surface faster, whilst they are in their teens to early twenties. Compared with women, who do not show signs and symptoms until their early twenties to thirties.
As unpredictable as the behaviour of a schizophrenic may be, is the length of time that a psychotic episode will last for, which can be anywhere from a couple of minutes, to a few hours. Sufferers are usually oblivious to their actions, so support and understanding is of vital importance.
The good news is that with modern day medications combined with sedatives, it is possible to restrict and restrain the parameters of the disease ensuring that a person suffering from catatonic schizophrenia enjoys as normal life as possible. Since the condition itself lends to a sufferer lacking in social and vocational skills, should medications be effective, these skills need to be refined in order for a sufferer to return to "normal" li
Signs of Schizophrenia Tip #1
Schizophrenia is not the same thing as having multiple personality disorder. In multiple personality disorder a person has a number of independent identities that all share one host body. Typically one of the personalities is dominant and the others exist under the surface. With Schizophrenia, there could be independent personalities but the person suffering from the disease believes that these identities exist outside of him or herself.
Signs of Schizophrenia Tip #2
There are different types of schizophrenia. The most widely known is that of paranoid schizophrenia in which the schizophrenic believes that there are people who are out to "get" him (or her). Commonly the patient associates himself with an elite group and believes that it is his membership with that group that has made him a target of others.
Signs of Schizophrenia Tip #3
Schizophrenia is normally treated with anti-psychotic drugs. There are new drugs being developed all the time. Other treatments include Electro Convulsive Therapy in which the patient is driven to convulsions by receiving a series of shocks to the brain. This treatment is thought to fix the electrochemical balance of the brain.