Schizophrenia is one of the most stigmatized mental illnesses around, because, in its most aggressive form, it’s also one of the most visible. According to the National Institute of Mental Health,
Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality. Although schizophrenia is not as common as other mental disorders, the symptoms can be very disabling.
1. Suddenly showing no emotion
People typically think schizophrenics are hyper-emotional people prone to outbursts and other startling behaviors, but did you know that an emotionless affect can be part of the disorder too? If someone you know often exhibits a flat, emotionless gaze, maybe its time to get them checked.
2. Suspiciousness of others
Do you suddenly feel suspicious of family and friends, and even that neighbor who you’re now sure is up to no good? One of the most common, but unexpected symptoms of schizophrenia is suspicion of others.
3. You laugh at the oddest things
Some people laugh when they’re uncomfortable. Others laugh when they want to cry. If you find yourself always laughing at the most unexpected, inappropriate moments, however, this might be a sign of mental illness.
4. Things don't smell or taste the way they used to
Remember roses? Those no longer smell so good. And chocolate tastes like ashes in your mouth. If you suddenly find familiar smells and flavors changing around you, it might be time to schedule a checkup.