Paranoid Schizophrenia Symptoms – The Tell Tale Signs of this Mental Illness

Paranoid Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that makes a person unable to determine what is real and not. Most of the people that suffer from this disease do not know that they are ill. This is a condition that affects a person’s perception of the world and self. When a person suffers from this, they experience things that are imaginary. The things that they experience are normally unpleasant and violent; they are delusional and they suffer hallucinations. They hear, feel and see things that are not real. Due to this condition, they will not be able to function as a normal person.

Paranoid Schizophrenia Symptoms vary from one sufferer to another; it varies depending on extremity of the disease. It is best to determine the symptoms of Paranoid Schizophrenia at early stage. Here are the stages of Paranoid Schizophrenia Symptoms for reference.

Early Paranoid Schizophrenia Symptoms

The following are the early signs of the development of this disease.

  • Unexplainable depression
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Inability to show emotion
  • Inability to focus
  • Neglect of personal cleanliness
  • Loss of interest to socialize
  • Suspiciousness
  • Temperamental
  •  Sudden irrational behaviour
  • Unresponsive to things happening around
  • Strange actions

Although these symptoms of Paranoid Schizophrenia are also symptoms of many other illnesses, prevalence of these should already be a cause of alarm that may need expert’s opinion. Almost severe cases of Paranoid Schizophrenia went through these early signs. While these symptoms are early signs of the illness, here are the symptoms of Paranoid Schizophrenia when it has reached an advanced stage.


Delusion occurs in almost ninety percent of people who have Paranoid Schizophrenia. Delusion is a false interpretation of how the outside world sees by the person. Delusions may come in various themes. Delusion of persecution is a belief that there are certain groups of people who are out to get them. Delusion of reference, on the other hand, is an existence of an object that is being used to send message to a person, this is normally comprises of talking neutral objects like television sets, faucet, window or even billboards. The delusion of grandeur involves a belief that he is an important person and that he has powers. Delusion of control involves the suspicion that there are people that are being controlled by another life form and these life forms also want to control him.


Hallucination is a false interpretation of certain experiences. These are fictional experience that involves five kinds: auditory, visual, olfactory, gustatory, and tactile. Auditory hallucination is the most common. Normally, they hear voices of people they know criticizing or abusing them. Worst episodes of hallucination usually happen when the person is alone.

Fragmented Thinking

Schizophrenia is normally accompanied by a fragmented way of thinking; this can be observed from the way the person speak. Common signs of these are not being able to maintain a train of thought by shifting from one topic to another. They usually mumble words that seem meaningless. They also have the tendency to repeat statements or words.

Disorderly Behaviour

A common behaviour displayed by people with Schizophrenia are lack of control, inability to care for own self and inappropriate social manners.

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