Schizophrenia is often associated with hallucinations and delusions where people see and hear things that are not really there. However, the disorder can cause other symptoms that are generally unknown. For example, schizophrenia can significantly impact a person’s mood in various ways. Individuals with schizophrenia may not realize it is their disorder affecting their mood, thus leading them to believe something is wrong with them. By learning more about how schizophrenia impacts mood, individuals can get the help they need and further understand their condition.
The Blunted Affect
Patients with schizophrenia often have what is called the blunted affect or emotional blunting. This common symptom is characterized by patients having difficulty expressing emotions. Often, patients exhibit fewer facial expressions, vocal expressions, and expressive gestures when reacting to emotion-provoking stimuli. It is crucial to understand that the blunted affect does not mean a patient does not experience emotions but rather does not express them in a “normal” way. Therefore, others may assume that the person is bored, angry, or generally uninterested.
Individuals with schizophrenia may experience labile moods, which are mood swings from one extreme to another over a short period. For example, a person may go from being extremely happy to extremely angry with no apparent reason. Identifying these moods is key to understanding schizophrenia.
Depression is a common symptom of schizophrenia, causing many patients to have thoughts of suicide. Many feel unmotivated and lethargic, causing them to skip plans and isolate themselves from others. This can have long-term consequences that worsen schizophrenia symptoms, especially if someone turns to drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism.
At times, schizophrenia can cause a person to become hostile towards others. They may lash out, especially if they are experiencing persecutory delusions. Outbursts can be sudden and may not seem to have a specific cause.
Many people associate schizophrenia with its typical symptoms of hallucinations and delusions. However, not many know that the disorder can also have a significant effect on a person’s moods. Therefore, individuals that struggle with schizophrenia may not know that their disorder causes their mood shifts. Alta Loma Transformational Services is here to change that. By providing a structured environment, a dedicated team, and the latest therapeutic modalities, we know that our clients are set up for success in recovery. Working with men of all ages, Alta Loma has seen many become healthy, happy individuals. Call us today at (866) 457-3843.