It’s safe to say schizophrenia is a complex and confusing brain condition. It comes with a host of serious and disruptive effects, like delusions and hallucinations (which are often thought of as the hallmark symptoms), but there are some other aspects of the illness that are lesser known, but equally unusual.

“In people with schizophrenia there are subtle abnormalities in various brain functions that suggest the disturbance of communication within the brain,” says Russell Margolis, M.D., clinical director, Johns Hopkins Schizophrenia Center and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. “It’s a mismatch of the external world with their internal representation.” As a result, characteristics of the condition can vary wildly from person to person, Dr. Margolis says.

Here are some of the more unusual manifestations that can occur.

Slide 1 of 5Next

Not Knowing You Have The Condition

Many people who suffer from schizophrenia have what’s called anosognosia, which literally means, “to not know a disease”. Basically, they aren’t aware they have a mental condition at all.

Updated: Apr 24, 2020
Slide 1 of 5Next
Article Sources