schizophrenia

noun
schizo·​phre·​nia | \ ˌskit-sə-ˈfrē-nē-ə How to pronounce schizophrenia (audio) \

Definition of schizophrenia

1 medical : a mental illness that is characterized by disturbances in thought (such as delusions), perception (such as hallucinations), and behavior (such as disorganized speech or catatonic behavior), by a loss of emotional responsiveness and extreme apathy, and by noticeable deterioration in the level of functioning in everyday life

Note: Schizophrenia often involves an inability to orient oneself with reality, a withdrawal from social interactions, and a failure to integrate thoughts with emotions so that emotional expression is inappropriate. There are several subtypes of schizophrenia, including paranoid schizophrenia and those types marked by catatonia or hebephrenia.

2 : contradictory or antagonistic qualities or attitudes both parties … have exhibited schizophrenia over the desired outcome— Elizabeth Drew

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Other Words from schizophrenia

schizophrenic \ ˌskit-​sə-​ˈfre-​nik How to pronounce schizophrenic (audio) \ adjective or noun
schizophrenically \ ˌskit-​sə-​ˈfre-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce schizophrenically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of schizophrenia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cathy Costello will perform at the city's BOK Center five years after her husband, former state Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, was fatally stabbed by their son, who was found to have suffered a psychotic episode due to schizophrenia. Fox News, "National anthem at Trump rally to be sung by widow of slain Oklahoma labor commissioner," 20 June 2020 Garfield Heights Police Chief Robert Byrne is retiring amid the controversial arrest of a man who is diagnosed with bipolar and schizophrenia disorders. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Garfield Heights Police Chief Robert Byrne retires amid controversy over video of his officers’ violent arrest," 18 June 2020 It’s a culinary schizophrenia unique to our region. Leslie Anne Tarabella, al, "God’s latest gift to the South," 17 June 2020 One time, police picked her up while she was dressed in male attire, after which, Rosenberg writes, a psychiatrist diagnosed her with schizophrenia. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "A Glimpse of a Trans Future," 16 June 2020 Purkey's attorney, Rebecca Woodman, said her client suffers from schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease and dementia and doesn't understand why the government plans to execute him. CBS News, "New dates set to begin federal executions," 16 June 2020 But veterans’ symptoms were categorized under disorders like depression or schizophrenia instead of being recognized as a distinct diagnosis. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "How PTSD went from ‘shell-shock’ to a recognized medical diagnosis," 16 June 2020 Treatment for schizophrenia, manic depression, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder is typically limited to medication in jails. Thalia Beaty, ProPublica, "Somebody’s Gotta Help Me”," 16 June 2020 Percy Dupra shot and killed 50-year-old Michelle Cusseaux, who suffered from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and depression. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Police officers are rarely prosecuted or convicted in Arizona. Here are some of the hurdles," 9 June 2020

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First Known Use of schizophrenia

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for schizophrenia

New Latin

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30 Jun 2020

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“Schizophrenia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/schizophrenia. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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schizophrenia

noun
schizo·​phre·​nia | \ ˌskit-sə-ˈfrē-nē-ə How to pronounce schizophrenia (audio) \

Medical Definition of schizophrenia

: a mental illness that is characterized by disturbances in thought (as delusions), perception (as hallucinations), and behavior (as disorganized speech or catatonic behavior), by a loss of emotional responsiveness and extreme apathy, and by noticeable deterioration in the level of functioning in everyday life

Note: Schizophrenia often involves an inability to orient oneself with reality, a withdrawal from social interactions, and a failure to integrate thoughts with emotions so that emotional expression is inappropriate. There are several subtypes of schizophrenia, including paranoid schizophrenia and those types marked by catatonia or hebephrenia.

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