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Hi Dr.Vikas, My text will now fit into this window, it was the initial site window that had a restricted capacity.
To give you some idea of "me" I am 69 years of age and so have some experience of life. I would appreciate your view on my opinion regarding the basic symptoms of Schizophrenia as layed out below.
Please feel free to voice your opinion in any way, from;- outright ridicule- to- copious praise and anything in between. Regards Ian
From my experience the classic symptoms of Schizophrenia are as follows;-
1, Persecution complex; - This reveals itself in the belief that they are being spied upon, followed by unseen forces, and they fear that their lives are being undermined by these malevolent powers.
2. Seeing things that are hidden from others: - A belief that they know, understand and see things that are hidden from outsiders. This reveals itself in their description of otherwise normal coincidences and everyday happenings being arbitrarily brought together and made into `patterns` and `linked` sequences.
3. They may believe that they are not bound by the normal laws of science and society; - This can reveal itself in many forms, I have known a case where the victim came to the conclusion that he did not need to sleep, with disastrous results to his health, on another occasion when the same sufferer came to “fancy” a particular female and turned up on her father’s doorstep, stark naked, demanding to see her, with even more disastrous consequences for his health.
4. Self centred belief and lack of empathy; - One of the most striking yet subtle symptoms, not immediately discernible in the early or milder stages of the illness is a growing self centred attitude revealed in the instant negation of any comment that does not fit with their immediate view of things and an almost complete loss of empathy with other peoples viewpoint or problems.
5. Attacks on others; - In the most extreme cases there can be a complete withdrawal from logical thinking resulting in (possibly fear driven) attempts at suicide or physical attacks on others.
6.. Apparent competence;- One of the most surprising aspects of this madness is that in most cases particularly when the affliction is in its early or less extreme stages the victim appears completely competent in most other aspects of their everyday life, indeed they can show great insight, logic and flair. Although this cannot be regarded as a true “symptom” nevertheless it needs consideration as it can deter one from believing that a psychological problem exists.
7. Lack of evidential thinking; - Most of the symptoms involve the complete disregard for evidential thinking and as the affliction progresses the real world is replaced by ever greater illogical fantasy.
Thank you Dr. Vikas, your reply is very useful and most welcome. I will now action payment.