Schizophrenia is a disease of the brain. The word, when translated from its Greek roots means "split mind." People who suffer from schizophrenia are prone to delusions and hallucinations that can manifest themselves in a number of ways including hearing voices that have no physical source, seeing things and/or people that no one else can see or perceive situations that don't seem to affect anyone else around them. Often, people confuse schizophrenia with multiple personality disorder and for a long time scientists considered multiple personality disorder to be a form of schizophrenia itself. One of the factors that have led to this confusion has been the similarity between people suffering from multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia and handwriting characteristics that both diseases present.
A lot of work has been done to find specific characteristics of schizophrenia and handwriting that reflects them.
A person suffering from schizophrenia often has distinctive handwriting. People who believe in handwriting analysis can pinpoint definite handwriting traits of people who have the disease. The handwriting of a person with schizophrenia is not often very legible and is often chaotic in nature. Often letters or entire words will be missing. Sometimes a single sentence can contain multiple languages all mixed together in a hodgepodge hat will only make sense to the person who has written it. Of course, sometimes a schizophrenic's writing will seem perfectly normal and then a while later in the writing, the old chaos will resume.
Here are a few of the characteristics of schizophrenia and handwriting:
Capital Letters: Often capital letters get reversed and other pen strokes are reversed or disconnected entirely. Sometimes a person suffering from schizophrenia will capitalize letters in the middle of a word (unfortunately this does not mean that people who type this way on the internet are necessarily schizophrenics; they are probably just teenagers).
Style: Sometimes a person with schizophrenia will use several styles of handwriting on the same page of writing. People with multiple personality disorder will do this also, which is one of the reasons that multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia get confused by the majority of the populace.
Strength: People who suffer from schizophrenia often vary the pressure they put on their writing utensils. Sometimes it is too heavy and other times it is too light. This can vary throughout the page and the writing is often angular.
Schizophrenia is hard to diagnose because the symptoms are so varied. Unfortunately there is no definitive blood or brain test that can be given to diagnose the disease so therapists and doctors must rely on observation and the personal testimony of the person who might have the disease. People have often looked at schizophrenia and handwriting as a tool of diagnosis. The erratic handwriting that is characteristic of schizophrenics is often use as a clue to others that something might be amiss and professional help might be needed. Schizophrenia and handwriting is far from an exact science of course, but it is becoming more and more reliable every d
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.