Definition of schizophrenia
1 medical : a mental disorder 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 —called also dementia praecox ◆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
schizophrenicplay \-ˈfre-nik\ adjective or noun
schizophrenicallyplay \-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
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The family's mother died from cancer and a sister, Sarah, died while institutionalized with schizophrenia before Levi Aron was arrested, according Levi Aron's psychiatric report obtained by the AP.
Alwaris K. Rolle, 24, disappeared from Marietta, Ga., and her parents are concerned because she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to a missing person bulletin from the Cobb County Sheriff's office.
This winter, the child of a mentally ill woman was stillborn on the street, and a woman with schizophrenia froze to death in a parking garage.
His defense psychiatrist said Jenkins suffers from schizophrenia and perhaps a bipolar disorder.
Most of these were written at the bottom of the Depression, when the author languished in various Smoky Mountains hotels near his wife Zelda’s sanitarium, where she was being treated (expensively) for schizophrenia.
The catalyst is Lucido’s elder brother, Jerry, who was diagnosed with early-onset schizophrenia at the age of 12.
Depardon shoots the interviews in simple shot-reverse shots, with the judges listening to tales of depression, schizophrenia and other mental diseases that render the patients unable to function.
Summary: Marie is a teenage girl trying to cope with her mother’s schizophrenia.
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Origin and Etymology of schizophrenia
First Known Use: 1909See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of schizophrenia
: a mental disorder characterized by loss of contact with the environment, by noticeable deterioration in the level of functioning in everyday life, and by disintegration of personality expressed as disorder of feeling, thought (as in delusions), perception (as in hallucinations), and behavior—called also dementia praecox; see paranoid schizophrenia
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