It can be difficult not to recognize the reflection in the mirror any more. Schizophrenia is not a mental disorder that just strikes you one morning and you’re suddenly ready for the looney bin. It’s a slow and steady fading of who you are now into what schizophrenia wants you to be. The folks at Vice recently explored in detail what the onset of schizophrenia is really like.

Don’t blame the hash in the house for schizophrenia. This is something that happens when you have an imbalance in your brain. It can be scary to lose oneself, but here’s some good news: every form of schizophrenia can be treated.

Has the Paranoia Begun to Creep In?

The classic form of this mental disorder is paranoid schizophrenia. It devolves a person into a paranoid freak, thinking that the entire world is out to get them. It goes beyond conspiracy theories. People with this disorder will board up their homes to protect themselves from the imaginary villains that are masquerading as family and friends.

We don’t put people into crazy houses because of schizophrenia any more. It’s not a death sentence. It can be treated with medication. You must be able to recognize the symptoms of this disorder, however, to make sure that you can get the treatment that you need.

Some of the symptoms of schizophrenia are like a bad trip…

  • Hallucinations and delusions.
  • Slurred or random speech.
  • A desire to never move out of bed.
  • Feeling emotionally flat.

The symptoms must be present for 30 days and there must be at least two symptoms present at all times. If you have these symptoms now and don’t have drugs in your symptom, then start a diary and track them. It could be the first step you take to making your schizophrenia relapse, perhaps for good.