What Is Acute Schizophrenia

Mental health specialists across the world have developed a method of categorizing schizophrenia for a more accurate diagnostic and treatment procedure. One such type of schizophrenia is referred to as Acute Schizophrenia. This is among the more common types of schizophrenia and is usually found among individuals who are in their late adolescent years or have just entered early adulthood, i.e. the usual age-range of Acute Schizophrenia is 14 to 20 years. However, this is just an established pattern and shouldn’t be interpreted as Acute Schizophrenia incapable of developing beyond this age group. Like most types of schizophrenia, Acute Schizophrenia has a global incidence and can surface in any individual, at any point during his lifetime.

Acute Schizophrenia represents an interesting, typical progression of symptoms. Initially, the patient shows some indications of odd behavior. Since mood swings and resistive behavior is commonly associated with young adults, this isn’t interpreted as a serious problem by most parents, teachers or healthcare practitioners. However, the unpleasant behavioral changes start getting more and more pronounced over a short period. A seemingly regular young adult starts behaving strangely and seems to have developed an alternate personality within just a few weeks.

This symptomatic pattern of Acute Schizophrenia is very confusing and is highly likely to be misinterpreted by most families. Further, Acute Schizophrenia is not a chronic condition. In most cases, it rises as a short-term problem that seems to gradually resolve on its own or it might show a pattern of surfacing two or three times during the early adulthood years before vanishing. Many patients of Acute Schizophrenia make complete recovery from this condition with no memory or hangover from their phase of mental disturbance.

However, one in every four Acute Schizophrenia patients is likely to suffer from exaggerated phases of remission with repeated re-occurrences. This means that the condition turns chronic and can manifest into some other, more serious form of schizophrenia. Such patients suffer from short phases of relapse and remission throughout their life. However, the incidence and severity of symptoms in such patients can be reduced with proper medication.

Acute Schizophrenia is difficult to diagnose because of another typical trait, i.e. it can often surface after a stressful event in life like the death of a family member. This is also raises likelihood of Acute Schizophrenia being misinterpreted as a form of reclusiveness or depressed behavior, allowing the symptoms to become more invasive.

Some symptoms of Acute Schizophrenia are quite common. This includes lack of clarity of thought or diminished insight. Among young students, this often leads to deterioration of their grades. They might suffer from auditory hallucinations or delusions where thoughts about being persecuted or punished are quite common. Acute Schizophrenics tend to be quite suspicious and can be often found speaking aloud their thoughts. These are the more recognizable or positive symptoms of Acute Schizophrenia.

Acute Schizophrenia represents greater hope than some other, more serious forms of Acute Schizophrenia since the chances of relapse can be averted with antipsychotic medications. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has also been found to be fairly helpful.