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What is Schizophrenia and its common symptoms

Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder that affects about one percent of the population. When schizophrenia is active, symptoms can include delusions, hallucinations, trouble with thinking and concentration, and lack of motivation. However, when these symptoms are treated, most people with schizophrenia will greatly improve over time.


When the disease is active, it can be characterized by episodes in which the patient is unable to distinguish between real and unreal experiences. As with any illness, the severity, duration and frequency of symptoms can vary; however, in persons with schizophrenia, the incidence of severe psychotic symptoms often decreases during a patient’s lifetime. Not taking medications as prescribed, use of alcohol or illicit drugs, and stressful situations tend to increase symptoms. Symptoms fall into several categories:

  • Positive psychotic symptoms: Hallucinations, such as hearing voices, paranoid delusions and exaggerated or distorted perceptions, beliefs and behaviors.
  • Negative symptoms: A loss or a decrease in the ability to initiate plans, speak, express emotion or find pleasure.
  • Disorganization symptoms: Confused and disordered thinking and speech, trouble with logical thinking and sometimes bizarre behavior or abnormal movements.
  • Impaired cognition: Problems with attention, concentration, memory and declining educational performance.

Symptoms usually first appear in early adulthood. Men often experience symptoms in their early 20s and women often first show signs in their late 20s and early 30s. More subtle signs may be present earlier, including troubled relationships, poor school performance and reduced motivation. It is rarely diagnosed in children or adolescents.

Once the symptoms occur, the next step is to consult a mental health professional or mental health treatment center near you. In Malaysia, there are various mental health treatment centers; among them one of the best is “Serene Retreat Psychology Center” It is located in Kualaumpur Malaysia. You can reach us via Call/Whatsapp +60146872268 or visit our website www.sereneretreat.com.my.

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The Effect of COVID-19 pandemic on Youth Mental Health

Due to spread of Covid19 across the world; where it has affected our physical health on the other hand it has impacted the mental health mostly among youth across the masses.

According to a research survey conducted by youth mental health experts, almost 2/3 rd of world’s youth population has a great affect and are facing different kinds of mental health issues. These issues include Bipolar, Psychosis, schizophrenia, ADHD etc and others way they may affect their mental health is post-traumatic stress disorder, psychological distress, depression and anxiety.

As the youth is going through mental health issues therefore parents or guardians should helped them get some sessions or treatments with mental health professionals such as child psychologists and psychiatrists. One of the most popular mental health treatment center for youth in Asia is “Serene Retreat” It has got its branches across Malaysia and offers its services via Online Treatment Programs.

To know more about Serene Retreat treatment programs or to book an appointment you can Call/Whatsapp us at +60146872268 or visit our website www.sereneretreat.com.my


Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects how the brain works.

Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects how the brain works. People with schizophrenia experience psychosis, which means they can have serious problems with thinking clearly, emotions, and knowing what is real and what is not.

This can include hearing or seeing things that are not there (hallucinations), and having very strange beliefs that are abnormal or not true (delusions).
Having psychosis often makes a person want to keep away from other people. They may have problems understanding other people’s emotions and may feel depressed or irritable.

What causes schizophrenia?

The causes of schizophrenia are not yet fully understood.
Some things that make it more likely that someone will develop schizophrenia are:
• having particular genes
• physical injuries to the brain
• traumatic experiences
• using drugs such as cannabis.

Symptoms of schizophrenia

Symptoms vary from person to person, and commonly include:

• hearing or seeing things that are not real (hallucinations)

• having very strange beliefs (delusions)

• unusual thinking and speech

• having problems thinking clearly

• not being able to make decisions and having trouble
making plans

• having trouble interpreting other people’s emotions and

• Suicidal thoughts.

Some symptoms are described as ‘positive’ and others as ‘negative’.

Common ‘positive’ symptoms are hallucinations and delusions. (These are called ‘positive’ because they are extra experiences that are not part of the normal experience).

Common ‘negative’ symptoms are: a loss of enjoyment of things, being unable to feel emotions, loss of interest in being with other people, and not being bothered to do anything. (These are called ‘negative’ because something is missing).

To know about more on its treatment you can reach us via Call/Whatsapp +60146872268 or visit our website www.sereneretreat.com.my