Behaviours associated with schizophrenia worksheet

What is the theory behind this Behaviours associated with schizophrenia worksheet?

Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness that causes one to lose touch with reality and experience delusions, hallucinations, extremely bizarre behaviour and odd speech. It is not just one disorder but a spectrum of disorders that share psychotic symptoms.It significantly impacts how the brain works and processes information leading ti impaired cognitive functioning. 

How will the worksheet help?

The worksheet will provide a list of all the behaviours that are associated with or used to diagnose schizophrenia according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). These behaviours are common to people with schizophrenia but may vary in type and intensity depending on the severity of one’s condition and where they lie on the spectrum. 

How to use the worksheet?

This worksheet lists down some common behaviours that are associated with schizophrenia. This worksheet can be used as an information handout in mental health awareness campaigns regarding mental disorders and how to detect them in self or others so that the right kind of help can be sought. It can also help increase empathy for people with schizophrenia and stop stigmatising labels and actions towards their condition. 

Behaviours associated with schizophrenia worksheet

Schizophrenia comprises a spectrum of conditions all of which are majorly characterised by a disassociation from reality. It is a severe mental illness that can be managed with the right professional help. 

Following are some common behaviours associated with this disorder. If you know someone who has been displaying such behaviours, then please refer them to a nearby hospital. 

MutismRefusal to talk or engage or respond in any conversation
HallucinationsSeeing and hearing things that have no basis in reality. There is no evidence that any of their visual or auditory hallucinations are real. 
Delusion of persecutionA very strong false belief that somebody is out to get them 
Delusion of grandeurA very strong false belief that they are someone very strong and powerful
EchopraxiaInvoluntarily copying the actions of another person
Word SaladA mixture of unintelligible words and phrases put together into a sentence that make no sense whatsoever
Inappropriate affect Emotional reactions are not inline with the requirement of the situation or do not match what is being said
ParanoiaA delusional thinking that one is being harmed even when there is no such evidence present
Magical thinkingThinking that events that have no relation with each other are causally connected somehow
Waxy flexibilitySpecific to catatonic schizophrenia where an individual may maintain one body position for an extended period of time
Clang associationSpeech has words based on similar sounds but make no sense or meaning


American Psychiatric Association. (2015). Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders: Dsm-5(r) Selections (1st Ed.).American Psychiatric Publishing.

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