How do schizophrenic people behave?

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People with schizophrenia often have glaringly different perceptions of reality than mentally sound individuals.

And living in a reality that is often riddled with paranoia, delusions and hallucinations can make a schizophrenic frightened, anxious and unable to cope with normal day-to-day activities.

Hallucinations

Hallucinations are one of the hallmark symptoms of schizophrenia, where the person sees and hears things that are not actually there. Hallucinations can also be tactile and olfactory in nature. Patients might hear voices that tell them how to behave, thus resulting in strange behavior, like talking to themselves or carrying on a conversation with an inanimate object.

Delusions

Delusions can also cause a schizophrenic to behave strangely. Delusions are essentially false beliefs, and for schizophrenics, they are often paranoid in nature. So, a schizophrenic might be wary of being around certain people or situations that feel threatening, even if they are completely benign. Delusions can also cause a person to have fits of rage or inappropriate emotions.

Drugs

Substance abuse can often produce the same symptoms as schizophrenia, which can lead people to think a schizophrenic is high on drugs. Statistically, schizophrenics also tend to abuse alcohol and drugs, so the distinction then might become even more blurred.

Distraction

Disordered thinking is another characteristic behavior of schizophrenia. People may appear to be distracted and unable to focus on tasks at hand, while flitting from one thing to the next. Schizophrenics also often have trouble connecting thoughts in a logical sequence, which can lead to strange conversations and speaking.

Source: Psych Central