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Schizophrenia alters a person’s perception of reality, their emotions and behaviour. Symptoms are categorised as ‘positive/excessive’ or ‘negative/subduing’.

Positive symptoms include:

  • Delusions: personal beliefs that are false and based on incorrect inference about external reality; these beliefs are firmly held despite any evidence to the contrary.
  • Hallucinations: when a person experiences or perceives things that don’t exist. This may be via any of the senses: a hallucination might be seen, heard, smelt or felt.
  • Disturbances in the thought process: these can include a chaotic stream of thoughts or a sudden loss of all thoughts.

Negative symptoms tend to be longer term. They are termed ‘negative’ because they describe a loss of normal functions. They include lack of emotion and motivation, sleep deprivation and fatigue, and becoming withdrawn and isolated.

 

AJ-Books-2-2400px Impact on Study:

Cause:

  • Hallucinations etc. may distract from work, and impair social interaction.
  • Lack of motivation, exhaustion and isolation also contribute.

 

Effect:

  • Student may struggle with deadlines, or fail to understand the instructions for assignments if thought processes do not remain consistent.
  • Student may be very difficult to engage.