Disorganization refers to incoherent and illogical thoughts and behaviors. This can affect the way you think and speak. If you feel like disorganization in schizophrenia is interfering with your life, it is best to seek treatment to better organize your thoughts and behavior.

Disorganization as a Symptom

Disorganization in schizophrenia refers to having trouble forming coherent or logical thoughts, leading to disorganized speech. A person may leap from one topic to the other. When this is a severe symptom, a person’s speech may be garbled and impossible to understand. This behavior can vary from either acting childlike and silly to aggressive and violent. This person could be performing unusual actions, excessive movements, stopping in place, or not responding. There could also be unprovoked aggression or even sexual behavior in public.


The signs of disorganization in schizophrenia can happen gradually and can be the cause of other problems like dealing with adulthood. Because of this, disorganization can be hard to spot and can get even worse the longer you wait for a diagnosis. Diagnosing schizophrenia involves a set of tests to determine other causes of a person’s symptoms like a physical exam, blood count, drug and alcohol use assessment, or scans to determine any brain abnormalities. 


A psychological evaluation will determine the thoughts, feelings, behavioral patterns, family history, and medical history of the patient presenting symptoms of schizophrenia. If you have symptoms like disorganized speech or disorganized behavior throughout a one-month period, it is best to seek help from a medical professional. Typically, to be diagnosed as schizophrenic, you must show impairment in life function and signs of disturbance for at least six months.

Treatment Methods for Disorganization

When you have disorganization symptoms, it is very important to receive treatment as it can have a huge impact on getting a job, your education, and living independently. Antipsychotic drugs can reduce disorderly thinking and improve cognitive function. Other options in treating schizophrenia include antidepressants, mood stabilizers, or anti-anxiety medications. Talk therapy is a great way to target specific life problems contributing to disorganization and aids in developing coping strategies. 

Early detection and diagnosis in schizophrenia means that you will have a better prognosis. Disorganized schizophrenia will require ongoing treatment to be part of your new routine to better function with your everyday life.

Disorganization in schizophrenia can mean that your thoughts and behaviors are illogical. This can affect the way you talk and the way you think, performing unusual actions that leave you feeling misunderstood. Having a combination of therapy and medication will help you to lead a functional life. At Alta Loma, we are equipped to deal with the needs of schizophrenia and other mental health disorders. Our transformative treatment center in Georgetown, Texas, can provide you with individualized therapy, medication management, life, and coping skills education, and a long-term continuum of care. Please give us a call at (866) 457-3843 to learn more about our services.