Disorganized schizophrenia is characterized by unusual thought processes and disorganized thinking. The inability to organize or connect thoughts may often result in garbled speech. Some patients with this type of schizophrenia experience "thought blocking," a condition in which the person stops abruptly in the middle of a thought.
Disorganized schizophrenia is a type of schizophrenia. Other types of schizophrenia include:
- Paranoid schizophrenia
- Catatonic schizophrenia
- Residual schizophrenia
- Undifferentiated schizophrenia.
The different types of schizophrenia are based on the symptoms a person is experiencing. Since the symptoms of schizophrenia can change, it is possible to have more than one type of schizophrenia during a lifetime.
People with disorganized schizophrenia often have unusual thought processes. One dramatic form is disorganized thinking, where the person may have difficulty organizing his thoughts or connecting them logically. Speech may be garbled or hard to understand. Another form is "thought blocking," where the person stops abruptly in the middle of a thought. When asked, the person may say it felt as if the thought had been taken out of his or her head. Finally, the individual might make up unintelligible words, or "neologisms."
A person with disorganized schizophrenia also has disorganized behavior and flat or inappropriate affect (e.g., immobile facial expression, monotonous voice).
(Click Types of Schizophrenia for more information about disorganized schizophrenia and other types of schizophrenia.)