Here is a short list of the early signs of various types of schizophrenia symptoms that may be identified between the ages of 15 to 25. There are some cases wherein symptoms of schizophrenia may be seen in younger children. Kindly note that while this list may be a guide to identify schizophrenia, only qualified psychologists or psychiatrists are allowed to diagnose any person with such condition.
A person with schizophrenia may possess a blank facial expression and staring into space, may be overly sensitive to stimuli, sometimes described as clumsy due to unrefined motor skills, may experience facial dyskenesias and may have Parkinsonian type of involuntary movements. One may also feel indifferent, detached and desireless at times. There may also be sudden bursts of anger, hostility, depression, suicidal thoughts and hopelessness.
A person with schizophrenia isolates himself from others, have the inability to form solid relationships, neglects care for oneself, does not have goal directed behavior, may deteriorate quickly at work, school or at home and may be functionally impaired when it comes to interpersonal relationships. Some have an intense and excessive obsession regarding a specific topic such as religion and spirituality. There are also those who experience catatonia, extreme drug or alcohol use, or frequently move or walk without a specific destination in mind.
A person with schizophrenia may make up new words or neologisms and may be incoherent putting them together. There will also be disjointed thoughts, racing ideas and lack of insight. Conversations with them may seem deep at first but may not seem to be logical in content. Some have alogia or poverty of speech as they tend to speak just a little. They have poor concentration, forgetfulness, nonsensical logic, obsessive compulsive tendencies, and attention problems. They also have a difficult time trying to engage in goal directed behavior.