Scientists have known for a decade that those with Schizophrenia have an impaired sense of smell. If you are experiencing smell loss, a Sentidos Smell Test Kit can help you identify what scents you are unable to detect and even help to recover them through smell training.
Sentidos Smell Loss Detection Test is a reliable and accurate test for anyone concerned about or experiencing a loss of olfactory function. It is a thoroughly tested and researched olfactory assessment. The test kit that includes 12 scented waxes, multiple choice answer sheet, and user instructions and is easily self-administered in 10-15 minutes.
Loss of Smell and Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a long-term mental disorder of a type involving a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion, and behavior, leading to faulty perception, inappropriate actions and feelings, withdrawal from reality and personal relationships into fantasy and delusion, and a sense of mental fragmentation.
"Early detection can be key because schizophrenic patients who get prompt treatment generally do better in the long run. A psychotic episode can cause permanent brain damage, raising the chance of subsequent attacks.”
Kohn, D. (2018, September 04). Schizophrenia tied to sense of smell. Retrieved from https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-2003-11-17-0311170067-story.html
Research on Smell Loss and Schizophrenia
“Scientists have known for a decade that those with the disease have an impaired sense of smell. Most people with schizophrenia can perceive the presence of a strong odor but have trouble recognizing and naming it. They might mistake the scent of pizza for that of bubble gum, for instance. Scientists suspect that this olfactory deficiency arises from a quirk in neural circuitry--the area of the brain that interprets emotion and social signals also decodes aroma.”
Brewer, W. J., Wood, S. J., Mcgorry, P. D., Francey, S. M., Phillips, L. J., Yung, A. R., . . . Pantelis, C. (2003). Impairment of Olfactory Identification Ability in Individuals at Ultra-High Risk for Psychosis Who Later Develop Schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry, 160(10), 1790-1794. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.160.10.1790