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What is the connection between schizophrenia and violence

What is the connection between schizophrenia and violence?

Schizophrenia is a significant brain disorder that causes an individual to have an altered experience of reality. Schizophrenia has the ability to affect an individual’s perception, thoughts, behaviour, and it also affects the ability of an individual to function at work, school, or relate to other people. It is a lifelong serious developmental disorder.

An individual affected with schizophrenia experience delusions, hallucination’s, disorganized cognitive ability, improper speech, and behaviour. The person might hear other voices or see things that are not really there.

They think that people might be controlling their thoughts or plotting to harm their minds. These behaviours of schizophrenic people can be scary. And, these behaviours are not just scary for people with the illness but also for the people around them.

Schizophrenia was formerly called multiple personality disorder or spilled personality. People with schizophrenia may come across symptoms throughout their life, but their treatment can help them recover sufficiently and pursue their life goals.


Symptoms of schizophrenia

Recently I came across this movie 15 Park Avenue, and the actress has been suffering from schizophrenia and this neurodevelopmental disorder has been explained beautifully in it.

Schizophrenia can be determined in terms of positive, negative, and cognitive symptoms.


Positive Symptoms

Positive symptoms are those symptoms that are not being normally felt or experienced but can be seen in people during the psychotic episodes (an abnormal condition in which people find difficulties in describing what is real and what is not) of schizophrenia. These most include delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, and thoughts.

Hallucinations commonly involve hearing voices but also involve other senses like taste, smell, sight, and touch. The voices might on a person’s behavior, it may insult them like how they look, how they talk, etc or might command them.

So, voices are the most common but the least common are smelling, taste, and sensation. We can say that it is more related to the delusional theme.

Delusions too are common in schizophrenia. Those are the false, mixed, strange beliefs that are not based on reality and also refuse to put those beliefs back even if they are shown facts.

For example, people having delusions might believe that the other people are thinking of them as good or evil or people are putting thought into their heads to and doing plotting and planning against them. They might think that other people want to harm them.

Catatonia is also a symptom of schizophrenia; this condition can be weird and can freak out other people. An individual showing catatonia signs may stop speaking, and their body may be fixed in the same single position for a very long period of time.


Negative Symptoms

Negative symptoms can be determined as a shortfall of normal emotional responses or reactions, or other thought processes of the mind. The five recognized realms of negative symptoms are:

Blunted effect-presenting very flat expressions or very little emotions

Alogia-it basically can mean “without speech” or poverty of speech

Anhedonia-having the lost of interest in activities or an inability to feel pleasure

Asociality-it can be a lack of a strong motivation to engage in social interactions or the desire to form relationships

Avolition-lack of motivation or an ability to do tasks or activities to reach an end goal

Avolition and anhedonia can be perceived as motivational deficiency rewarding from impaired reward processing. The diminished expression can be included in blunt effect and alogia. And, diminished expressions can be both verbal and non-verbal expressions.

So, the other two sub-dominions have a suggestion for the need for a separate treatment approach.

A lack of distress-which is linked to a reduced experience of depression and anxiety which is noted down as a negative symptom.

There is a difference made between negative symptoms termed primary negative symptoms which are inherent to schizophrenia and those are the result of positive symptoms, and those from the side effects of substance abuse and social deprivation are termed as secondary negative symptoms.

Negative symptoms are very less reactive to medications and are one of the most difficult to treat. But, if they are properly assessed and properly medicated, secondary negative symptoms are less but are responsive to treatment.


Cognitive Symptoms

Cognitive deficiency is the earliest and the most constantly found symptoms in schizophrenia. These symptoms are often seen long before the illness in the early stages and are very often present in early adolescence or childhood. However, their presence and the amount of dysfunction is taken as a much better indication of functionality that the showcase of the core symptoms.

The deficiency in cognition is often seen to bring out the negative outcome in schizophrenia and is claimed to have a possible reduction in IQ from 100 up to 75-80. This cognitive deficiency maybe of non-social or social cognition. And, neurocognition has the capacity to receive and remember information and also includes verbal fluency, memory, problem-solving power, reasoning, the amount of speed of processing, the auditory, and visual perception.

Verbal memory and attention are the most affected things. Cognitive deficiency cab becomes worse during the first episodes of psychosis (a condition where an individual finds difficulty in describing what is real and what is not) but it comes to a stable condition over the eventual course of the illness.


Types of schizophrenia

Paranoid Schizophrenia: 

This is the most common type of schizophrenia. Among individuals with the paranoid-type, they commonly experience delusions and hallucinations in the form of “voices.” The delusions may involve the fact that other people are conspiring against them and or plotting their demise.

They may hear voices that say harmful things to hear for an individual to hear, curse them, and make life difficult. In this particular subtype, individuals tend to respond very well to treatment with antipsychotic medication.

Despite the symptoms that are experienced, the people with this subtype may not appear to act bizarre or out of the ordinary – they may seem pretty normal. They do not experience the cognitive decline to the degree of the other subtypes and tend to be higher functioning. In general, individuals with this subtype tend to have a good prognosis as long as they take time to properly treat their symptoms.


Disorganized schizophrenia: 

In this specific subtype, the prevailing indications spin around complication. The individual will encounter disordered conduct, discourse, and thinking. At the end of the day, they will act odd, have neither rhyme nor reason when they talk, and their reasoning will be exceptionally unfocused, unreasonable, and totally irregular.

People with this subtype will in general experience issues performing fundamental undertakings that are important for everyday living. They may disregard their own cleanliness and not comprehend that they have to deal with themselves.

By and large there is additionally a passionate weakness in the individual in which they show odd enthusiastic reactions. For instance, the individual may snicker or grin in an intense circumstance.

As such, the feeling that they show as well as express doesn’t typically fit the given circumstance. It is pretty simple to tell when somebody has the muddled subtype.

They may have a rumpled appearance, carry on strangely, and talk in such a complicated way that it looks bad to the audience.

They may hop themes mid-sentence or each other sentence prompting totally illogical discourse. This specific subtype will in general have a beginning stage between the ages of 15 and 25 and is regularly alluded to as “hebephrenia” which signifies “during immaturity.” Unfortunately, the guess for this subtype is pretty poor contrasted with a portion of the others.


Catatonia schizophrenia:

In this subtype, the side effects include engine unsettling influences, aggravations in development, and “mental shock.” Usually, people with this subtype will encounter a significant decrease in general action to the point that they quit moving, and may seem “solidified.”

This solidified state with a total absence of development is known as a “mental daze.” They likewise may altogether expand development and give off an impression of being hyperactive – this is known as “mental shock.” As such, people bounce to and from between purposeless shock and a significant trance.

People may likewise encounter other development unsettling influences, for example, participating in stereotypies – or ceremonial, monotonous developments, for example, body shaking. At the point when the individual is in an energized state, they don’t participate in such a gainful movement.

During the condition of mental trance, the individual may show up totally fixed and exceptionally impervious to individuals that attempt to enable them to move. They may remain stuck in each position for quite a long time in turn.

This subtype is additionally portrayed by the side effect of “waxy adaptability” in which someone else may move the individual’s arm and they hold it secured in the position that it was moved. All in all, they can be formed like a “wax” figure.

Different patients display a solid “inflexibility” (for example negativism) to the guide that it is unimaginable to move any of their appendages. It is likewise basic to observe echolalia and echopraxia – copying the discourse and developments of others.


Residual schizophrenia: 

This subtype is determined when an individual to have schizophrenia has gone for an all-inclusive timeframe with no indications. All in all, the patient has been going away and manifestation free for up to an entire year (a year).

In instances of lingering schizophrenia, the indications might be totally non-existent or have diminished in seriousness to the point that they don’t meddle with the day by day working of the person.

An individual with remaining schizophrenia may at present have mind flights, hallucinations, or other unordinary practices, however, they don’t have as significant of effect as they did when the patient was at first analyzed.

An individual with any given subtype can be analyzed as having “lingering” schizophrenia as long as they are side effect free or have second rate manifestations for an all-inclusive timeframe.

With the lingering subtype, a few people feel totally recouped from their condition once it is appropriately treated. So as to ensure that the indications remain abating, it is imperative to ensure that the individual proceeds with treatment, treatment, and settles on the sound way of life decisions.

The vast majority experience a backslide of indications each once in for a little while.

This subtype is described by a “waxing” and “fading” of schizophrenic side effects. During the “waxing” stage, manifestations increment in power, and during the “disappearing” stage, they decline and may become non-existent.

The vast majority will have a few hospitalizations with this subtype, yet their general visualization with this subtype is very acceptable. People with the remaining sort can be beneficial citizenry while their sickness is in the “disappearing” stage.


Schizophrenia and violence

The vast majority with schizophrenia is not forceful, and are bound to be casualties of savagery instead of perpetrators. However, the danger of brutality in schizophrenia is little the affiliation is reliable, and there are minor subgroups where the danger is high.

This danger is generally connected with a comorbid issue, for example, a substance use issue – specifically liquor, or with a standoffish character disorder.

Substance misuse is emphatically connected, and other danger factors are connected to shortfalls in discernment and social cognition including facial recognition and knowledge that are to some extent remembered for hypothesis of psyche impairments.

Nonetheless, one key part of this condition that the cutting-edge research tends to agree on is the thing that most wellbeing labourers know to be valid, that co-horribleness with substance misuse is an unmistakable indicator to savage conduct.

At the point when an individual with schizophrenia manhandles liquor or road sedates their danger of participating in perilous conduct builds fifteen creases. Poor psychological working, dynamic, and facial observation may add to making an off-base judgment of a circumstance that could bring about a wrong reaction, for example, violence.

These related danger factors are likewise present in reserved character problem which when present as a comorbid issue enormously builds the danger of violence.

The relationship between schizophrenia and viciousness is intricate. Murder is connected with youthful age, male sex, a background marked by viciousness, and an upsetting function in the first year. Clinical danger factors are serious untreated crazy side effects – untreated due to either not taking drugs or to the condition being treatment-resistant.

A comorbid substance use issue or a solitary character issue builds the danger for desperate conduct by 8-fold, rather than the 2-fold danger in those without the comorbid disorders.

Rates of manslaughter connected to psychosis are like those connected to substance abuse and equal the general rate in a region. What job schizophrenia has on viciousness free of substance abuse is dubious, yet certain parts of individual narratives or mental states might be factors.

Hostility is outrage felt and aimed at an individual or gathering and has related components of rashness and animosity. At the point when this incautious animosity is apparent in schizophrenia, neuroimaging has recommended the breaking down of a neural circuit that balances threatening considerations and practices that are connected with negative feelings in social co-operations.

This circuit incorporates the amygdala, striatum, prefrontal cortex, front cingulate cortex, insula, and hippocampus. Hostility has been accounted for during intense psychosis, and following clinic discharge.

There is a known relationship between low cholesterol levels, and impulsivity, and savagery. While self-destruction is by a long shot the bigger segment of the all-out mortality figure for schizophrenia, the other part is especially more modest however similarly as an unfortunate figure for murder. An audit finds that individuals with schizophrenia and lower cholesterol levels are multiple times bound to impel fierce acts.

This affiliation is additionally connected to the expanded number of suicides in schizophrenia. It is recommended that cholesterol levels could fill in as a biomarker for fierce and self-destructive tendencies.


Schizophrenia and Sex

Most research shows that people with schizophrenia don’t contrast much from everybody regarding sexual craving. Apparently, schizophrenia doesn’t meddle with an individual’s general sex drive. Despite similitudes in sex drive, apparently schizophrenic patients experience less closeness and responsibility than their non-schizophrenic partners.

The absence of closeness in the sexual experiences of schizophrenic people could be because of a large number of variables including the vilification of psychological sickness, systematization, and antipsychotic medications.

It has additionally been seen that females with schizophrenia will in general have more ideal sex and love results than guys with schizophrenia. Schizophrenic females will in general date, engage in sexual relations, wed, and have kids more habitually than schizophrenic males.


How can we avoid it?

Lately, a lot of work has been done on refining our way to deal with hazard evaluation and there are presently various danger appraisal apparatuses accessible to therapists which use factors, for example, medication and liquor misuse, past history of hazardousness, the individual’s level of understanding into their condition and their degree of occupation.

These instruments have had fluctuating measures of achievement and the probability of foreseeing hazardous conduct utilizing these devices, without simultaneously naming as conceivably perilous numerous individuals who present no danger by any means, stays low. However, as we have said above checking and controlling the three centre indicators to perilous conduct should give us a way to diminish the rate of hazardousness without response to complex danger appraisal apparatuses gave, and this is vital, that society is eager to support the extra costs included.

Anyway, it isn’t just an issue of financing. It is likewise vital for emotional well-being labourers, especially those in the deliberate area, to give individuals living with schizophrenia clear and unequivocal messages about the requirement for adherence with medicine and forbearance from substance misuse.


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Riya Rajkotiya

Very informative
Well Protayed Khushi

Nidhi Dahiya

Amazing work

Gouri Sreekumar

Hey Khushi,
Great article. The relationship between violence and schizophrenia or sex and schizophrenia is complicated. You done justice to the article and have broken it down and explained it well. Thank you. The problem of substances abuse has been well highlighted.

Shreya Srivastava

IT is a very elaborative and informative really did clear my few doubts..and I think we do need to understand that schizophrenia can occur in people from all cultures and from all walks of life.. and the clinical representation of schizophrenia differs from one patient to another!!!

Simran Rai

Amazing article. Learnt alot about schizophrenia from this clear and concise article. Well done!

Harshit Juneja

This article struck a cord. It’s very well written and slowly unravels how insidious schizophrenia really is and how much we should focus our attention on it. Keep up the good work!


I learned the relation of violence with schizophrenic very clearly really nice article.

Disha Dhage

this is good!
Keep Writing 🙂

Simone Morarka

Great job, Khushi! Very interesting topic choice :))

Simone Morarka

Looking forward to more fo your work :))

Simran Rai

Great article!!

Simran Rai

Worth reading

Jigyasa vashistha

Thanks alot for this article. Sending you positive vibes✨❤


Hello ma’am ..khushi patel…nice to read your article here…with a due respect I want to add one suggestion which I think will help you to make this one more useful..that can put the types before symptoms of schizophrenia…and also add some medications and stating the relationships the brain and schizophrenia will be much useful .
Thank you.