Disorganized Type Schizophrenia is distinguished from other types of Schizophrenia by purposeless behaviors, nonsensical thoughts and incoherent speech. In essence, the individual loses touch with reality. They may laugh hysterically at inappropriate times, i.e. at a funeral.
When other people can't understand their garbled speech, the individual may get extremely agitated, angry and confrontational.
Medical practitioners believe that of the 5 types, Disorganized Type Schizophrenia is more acute because the person is unable to carry out activities of daily living (ADLs) such as, meal preparation and personal hygiene.
This type generally demonstrates between 15-25 years of age. Disorganized Schizophrenia is a.k.a. hebephrenia, which means 'adolescence' in Greek.
Disorganized Type Schizophrenia: What are Specific Symptoms?
• Grossly Disorganized Behavior – manifests in various ways, such as not dressing in weather-appropriate clothing, ...view middle of the document...
• Hallucinations – inner-voices that seem real.
• Isolation – withdrawal from society out of fear or embarrassment.
• Cognitive challenges – inability to remember things, poor concentration and/or organizational skills.
Disorganized Type Schizophrenia: What are the Causes?
The medical community does not know what causes any type of Schizophrenia. Research is ongoing and best guess is some sort of brain dysfunction. The probable causes include biological factors, plus environmental issues.
Biological Factors – genetics play a primary role. If Schizophrenia runs in the family, chances are greater their offspring will develop the brain dysfunction. Environmental issues include child abuse, prenatal incidences, such exposure to a virus, food deprived mother or lack of oxygen.
Once an individual develops disorganized Schizophrenia, it lasts throughout lifetime, because there is no known cure. Like other types of Schizophrenia, the first line of treatment is antipsychotic drugs. If the person suffers from other mental health issues, a second line of drugs may prove necessary, such as antidepressants and/or mood-stabilizers.
Researchers in Europe found that Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil decreased the number of adolescents who acquire schizophrenia. The study, although controlled, only had a small number of at risk participants. Hopefully, larger studies will be undertaken.
Electroconvulsive therapy has not proven effective for disorganized Schizophrenia.
Because individuals with this type Schizophrenia have problems with ADLs, vocational skills training is vital.
Family support groups can provide education and coping skills for parents and other family members. Mental health counselors can help the individual understand their illness and help them cope with ADLs.
If your adolescent is diagnosed with Disorganized Type Schizophrenia he/she most likely isn't able to obtain medical help when needed.
Be aware he/she will likely experience suicidal thoughts. Any mention of suicide should be taken seriously and emergency services should be contacted immediately. Hospitalization may prove necessary to provide safety for the person in crisis.