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

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Her son Stephan was diagnosed with schizophrenia, had his own bouts with homelessness and was in and out of mental institutions. Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: He died homeless and alone, but his wife had never lost hope he’d return.," 7 Sep. 2019 Dhingra told Secret Service agents who showed up at his house that he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Fox News, "Houston man first to be indicted for bump stock possession since federal ban," 7 Sep. 2019 In her debut memoir, author Jaquira Díaz studies her troubled childhood in Puerto Rico and then Miami with her father, a drug dealer, and her mother, who is engaged in a bitter battle with schizophrenia. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "The 42 Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 Like Jimenez-Joseph, de la Rosa reported hearing voices and had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "ICE review found failures in care of mentally ill detainee who died by suicide," 22 Aug. 2019 Sohan Panjrolia has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, police said Panjrolia left in a 1999 Camry that Philadelphia police located a few blocks away on Saturday. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "Police take suspect into custody after Harvard issues shelter in place order," 6 Aug. 2019 The woman was admitted into the Department of Corrections at seven months pregnant and diagnosed with schizophrenia. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Arizona prisons have a history of women giving birth in their cells," 4 June 2019 Panjrolia has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and might be using narcotics, police said. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, "Murder suspect ordered held without bail until Philadelphia authorities pick him up," 7 Aug. 2019 David Haller, the suicidal son of the X-Men’s Charles Xavier, is diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age and spends his days in a psychiatric facility, drugged up and disconnected. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Superheroes behaving badly: 12 crusading TV series target mature audiences," 4 Aug. 2019

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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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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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