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What are the symptoms of changes in behavior related to schizophrenia?

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Behavioral changes related to schizophrenia include:

  • Unblinking, vacant expression
  • Awkward or unusual movements of the face or body
  • Talking to himself, using odd speech that you can't understand, or making rapid shifts in topics
  • Inappropriate responses, such as laughing during a sad movie
  • Trouble "reading" social cues in others
  • Problems making and keeping friends
  • Becoming more and more isolated
  • Poor personal grooming and self-care
  • Substance abuse
  • Threatening behaviors

SOURCES:

Boston Children's Hospital: "Schizophrenia."

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "Schizophrenia in Children."

Teen Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on July 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Boston Children's Hospital: "Schizophrenia."

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "Schizophrenia in Children."

Teen Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on July 17, 2018

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