LIFESTYLE & COMMUNITY

Strange Behavior While Communicating? It May Be A Sign Of A Mental Disorder

Date December 27, 2018 15:51

Have you noticed that a person near you behaves strangely? Be careful! Perhaps such communication indicates a mental illness.

Strange Behavior While Communicating? It May Be A Sign Of A Mental Disorder

Here's how three common mental disorders can reveal themselves in communication.

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1. Schizophrenia

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This serious mental illness is accompanied not only by a thinking violation and reality perception but also by behavioral and communicative weirdness.

  1. One of the key distinctions of schizophrenia in communication is the inability of a person to conduct a focused dialogue and articulate thoughts clearly.
  2. Phrases can be cut off right in the middle of a sentence or consist of a random set of words.
  3. Many people with schizophrenia are fully convinced that someone is watching them, whispering you about their convictions, and constantly looking around.
  4. Some people with with this illness love to share insane ideas and plans.

You should take a closer look at the person you are talking to if you have heard phrases like: “Our world has long been taken over by aliens!” or “I've invented a time machine!” Perhaps this person needs professional help.

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2. Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive psychosis)

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The life of people suffering from this mental illness is divided into two phases: mania and depression. Each phase may last from a couple of days to several months (and even years) and have its own communication characteristics.

Manic phase

The patient’s speech during this phase is distinguished by these features:

  • excessive talkativeness and unlinked thoughts;
  • irrepressible boasting and self-confidence;
  • in special cases, the patient may claim that everyone is jealous of him and even intend to cause harm.

Depression phase

A person is slowed down and doesn’t want to communicate with anyone. You can also hear many unreasonable complaints about life or even suicidal thoughts.

Any overemotional behavior for a long time (both overwhelming joy and unreasonable sadness) is a reason to think about the person's psyche condition.

3. Major depressive disorder (MDD)

Strange Behavior While Communicating? It May Be A Sign Of A Mental Disorder

The speech of a person suffering from clinical depression also has its own distinctive features:

  • quiet voice;
  • reserved behavior;
  • inhibited speech;
  • long pauses before answering;
  • careful word choices.

Depressed patients often use negative words (sad, lonely, unfortunate), as well as the pronoun “I” and word-generalizations (always, nothing, completely).

With hidden depression, a person usually denies all the problems in every way and tries to look cheerful. For example, he constantly jokes about suicide.

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Sometimes, even certified psychiatrists can fail to diagnose the disorder, based only on the patient’s speech features and communication manners.

If the behavior of a loved one seems strange to you, you should immediately ask for professional help. Take care of the people you appreciate before it is too late.

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.