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The ‘Glutamate Theory’ of the Pathogenesis of Schizophrenia - Introduction: There is immense study on the role of glutamate in Schizophrenia. Even so to date the current antipsychotics do not control major glutamatergic action albeit a study at the NMDA receptor location such as the glycine transport inhibitors may give new novel evidence for the discovery of future antipsychotics (Olney et al., 1999) The Dopamine hypothesis of Schizophrenia The dopamine (DA) theory of schizophrenia has subjugated the effort to justify the behaviours Schizophrenia is a psychiatric bedlam relating to the messing up of routine thinking, sentiment and every day activities....   [tags: Schizophrenia ]
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The Enigma of Schizophrenia - There are many disorders throughout the world that affect people on a daily basis. They are life altering and life changing. They affect how a person can function on a normal level of life. This, in itself, is an interesting way of viewing the disorder, but it truly is the way that schizophrenia is viewed. The term normal is in its self a complex concept, but to understand that for the purpose of schizophrenia; normal is anything that deviates from the socially accepted way of conducting one’s self....   [tags: Schizophrenia Essays]
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What is Schizophrenia? - ... Psychiatrists throughout history have developed their own theories about which people schizophrenia effects, the signs and symptoms of the disorder and the extent of it. The theories began in the 19th century with Phillip Pinel and John Haslam, (Nasrallah & Smeltzer, 2011). Both men did their own studies in different institutions, studying the reactions of different people and their behaviors. Haslam described schizophrenia as a “form of insanity which occurs in young persons,” (Nasrallah & Smeltzer, 2011)....   [tags: mental schizophrenia, paranoia] 600 words
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The History and Future of Schizophrenia - According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, schizophrenia is characterized by the development of two or more symptoms of the following symptoms in a one-month period. The symptoms most characteristic of schizophrenia are delusions, hallucinations, and/or disorganized speech. Schizophrenia has always been a disorder shrouded in mystery. There have been many hypotheses from varying perspectives proposing different sources of causation for schizophrenia. Some of these hypotheses have considerable amounts of research, while some lack support....   [tags: Schizophrenia Research Paper]
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Description and Analysis of Catatonic Schizophrenia - About 1.1% of people in the world have schizophrenia, which equals to about 51 million, regardless of the racial, ethnic, or even economic background. In America alone there are about 2.2 million people that are suffering with schizophrenia. To put this into perspective for every 1,000 people about 7.2 people have schizophrenia. Around one-third to one-half of the homeless have schizophrenia. Within a year, about 100,000 people will be diagnosed with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is more common than AIDS, cot death, and melanoma combined....   [tags: schizophrenia, mental disorder, hallucinations]
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Causes and Treatments of Schizophrenia - A large number of the homeless population consists of the mentally disabled. About one third of people that are homeless have a disease called schizophrenia or they have manic depressive disorder. Schizophrenia is a long term mental disorder that breaks down the connection between thought, emotion, and behavior. This leads to faulty perception, withdrawal from reality, delusions, inappropriate actions and feelings, and the sense of mentally being broken into pieces. Schizophrenia actually means split mind....   [tags: schizophrenia, cognitive behavioral therapy]
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Schizophrenia and Disorder of Lifespan Development - Different classes and subclasses exist in disorders of lifespan and schizophrenia (Munson, 2001). Categorizing disorders into classes, helps psychologist resolve issues of what type of problem psychologist are dealing with to ensure correct course of help is made (Hansell & Damour, 2005). Psychologist need to define and outline symptoms that are categorized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV-TR) ((Hansell & Damour, 2005). Developments of the mind including disorders, continuously happening from birth to death, changes in the body are due to common biology, life trauma, and life choices (Dombeck, 2010)....   [tags: mental health, schizophrenia]
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Psychotherapy as a Treatment for Schizophrenia - Schizophrenia is a deep-rooted and mutilating mental illness. This disease can cause you to withdraw from the people and activities in the world around you. Which causes a person to retreat into a world of delusions and fantasies. Since no one knows the cause of this disease its hard to know what type of treatment is right. As of now there are two types of known treatments medication, and Psychotherapy. Only one of these two treatments is more endorsed by Doctors who treat this illness. Medication is the more favored of the two but Psychotherapy has a higher commitment rate....   [tags: Schizophrenia, mental illness, psychology, ] 399 words
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Schizophrenia and Involuntary Treatment in the Case of Malka Magnesia - 1 Introduction Malka Magnesia, a second year political science student with an A average, suddenly re-pairs to the attic of her parents’ home and refuses to go to school or to work. She explains that she has been ordered by her “superiors” in another galaxy simply to sit and repent. Her distraught family pleads with her to seek medical assistance but she refuses on the grounds that her “superiors” consider her “unworthy”. The family psychiatrist advises that exposure to some of the modern drugs has been known to reduce such schizophrenic symptoms within a period of weeks....   [tags: Schizophrenia Health]
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Nathaniel Ayes' "The Soloist" and the History of Schizophrenia - Schizophrenia is one of the most well known and surprisingly frequent psychological disorders today. Patients who have this disorder have problems separating reality from fantasy or delusion. Typically, the person with schizophrenia starts off with a small paranoia about something or someone and continues to get more and more problematic until he/she has trouble functioning in the real world because of emotional, physical, mental, or financial reasons. Because of this, most people who end up homeless have Schizophrenia because they are unable to keep a job, Nathaniel Ayes in the book The Soloist....   [tags: Schizophrenia, psychology, Nathaniel Ayes, ]
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A Beautiful Mind: Case Study of Schizophrenia - “A Beautiful Mind” movie is based on the case study of real life mathematician John Nash who suffered from schizophrenia. The aspects of schizophrenia affected John Nash in many ways. Ethics is defined in the textbook as, “Are the tools or behaviors that one employs to achieve a desired outcome. Means can be either good or bad. Ends are those outcomes that one desires to achieve”(Polgar &Thomas, 2008). The movies case study, include the sign and symptoms, social effects and treatment of schizophrenia and how it took a toll on his overall career....   [tags: Schizophrenia Case Study]
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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Schizophrenia - Schizophrenia is a major psychiatric disorder, or cluster of disorders, characterised by psychotic symptoms that alter a person’s perception, thoughts, affect and behaviour (NICE, 2009). Tai and Turkington (2009) define Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) as an evidence-based talking therapy that attempts cognitive and behavioural change based on an individualised formulation of a client’s personal history, problems and world views. CBT as a treatment for schizophrenia can be understood within a wider framework of CBT as applied to a range of mental disorders such as anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression (Tai and Turkington, 2009)....   [tags: Schizophrenia Research Paper]
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Schizophrenia - A man chooses to stay home from work for a day, not because he is sick, but just because. He starts to eat breakfast and decides to watch TV. He finds a TV show that shows a man going to work and his duties throughout the day. The second day the man decides not to go to work again and he watches the same program. The only difference is that today he recognizes that the man on the TV program is himself. He is watching his own day at work. The TV self is more ambitious, more of everything. The home self continues day after day, watching his TV self....   [tags: Schizophrenia Essays] 1446 words
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Eugen Bleuler and Emil Kraepelin - Pioneers in the Study of Schizophrenia - Eugen Bleuler and Emil Kraepelin - Pioneers in the Study of Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a complex syndrome characterized by cognitive and emotional dysfunctions including delusions and hallucinations, disorganized speech and behavior, and inappropriate emotions. Since there is no cure to this disorder, clinicians rely on the DSM IV to differentiate between symptoms. The symptoms of the disorder can disrupt a person’s perception, thought, speech, and movement in almost every aspect of daily functions....   [tags: Study of Schizophrenia] 705 words
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Psychological Intervention and Schizophrenia - Psychological Intervention and Schizophrenia There are perhaps two main prongs to the development of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as an intervention for schizophrenia, the first being based upon the sizable research that centre on family interventions, which have been successful in reducing patient relapse in schizophrenic families (Pilling et al., 2002). Family interventions are important to consider as they became established treatments during a phase where drug treatments were the main focus of attention in this field and so opened the area of non biological treatment for schizophrenia....   [tags: Disorder Schizophrenia Psychology Essays]
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Schizophrenia: Types, Symptoms, Medications, Treatment - Schizophrenia is a neurological disorder that affects the cognitive functions of an individual. The cause of this illness is unknown, but there are several theories of how an individual may acquire schizophrenia. Because there are many symptoms of the disease and because the symptoms can vary quite dramatically among several individuals and even within the same individual over time, the diagnosis of schizophrenia can be quite difficult. In the United States and Europe, schizophrenia occurs in about 3 to 6 of every 10,000 individuals....   [tags: Schizophrenia neurological disorder]
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Schizophrenia: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment - INTRODUCTION Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness. Patients experience progressive personality changes and a breakdown in their relationships with the outside world. They have disorganized and abnormal thinking, behavior and language and become emotionally unresponsive or withdrawn. “The first signs, usually only noticed in looking back on events, are likely to include an unexpected withdrawal of the degree or type of contact that the person used to have with family or school. The person seems less capable of of dealing with "minor" stresses in the accustomed way....   [tags: Schizophrenia neurological disorder]
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Understanding Schizophrenia -      "In my senior year of high school, I began to experience personality changes. I did not realize the significance of the changes at the time, and I think others denied them, but looking back I can see that they were the earliest signs of illness. I became increasingly withdrawn and sullen. I felt alienated and lonely and hated everyone. I felt as if there were a huge gap between me and the rest of the world; everybody seemed so distant from me." This excerpt describes part of Esse Leete 20-year battle with schizophrenia....   [tags: Essays on Schizophrenia] 1696 words
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Schizophrenia: Types, Symptoms, Medications, Treatment - HISTORY EPIDEMIOLOGY CLINICAL FEATURES COURSE PROGNOSIS DIAGNOSTIC TYPES ETIOLOGY NEUROPATHOLOGICAL STUDIES GENETICS DOPAMINE HYPOTHESIS OTHER NEUROTRANSM1TTER SYSTEMS TREATMENT Schizophrenia is sometimes considered the most devastating of the mental illnesses because its onset is early in a patient’s life, and its symptoms can be destructive to the patient and to the patient’s family and friends. Although schizophrenia is usually discussed as if it were a single disease, this diagnostic category can include a variety of disorders that present with somewhat similar behavioral symptoms....   [tags: Schizophrenia neurological disorder]
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Schizophrenia - Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that affects about one percent of the population. Generally if you have schizophrenia you cut out of contact with real world reality. The word Schizophrenia is Greek for “split mind”. It is common belief that a person with schizophrenia or a “schizo” has a split personality, but actually the person’s thinking, feelings, and behavior are so far from normal that they get to the point where they interfere with their ability to function in everyday life. People who are suffering from schizophrenia think and act in their own world, which sets them apart from the society around them....   [tags: Schizophrenia Essays]
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Schizophrenia - Schizophrenia is a serious, chronic mental disorder characterized by loss of contact with reality and disturbances of thought, mood, and perception. Schizophrenia is the most common and the most potentially sever and disabling of the psychosis, a term encompassing several severe mental disorders that result in the loss of contact with reality along with major personality derangements. Schizophrenia patients experience delusions, hallucinations and often lose thought process. Schizophrenia affects an estimated one percent of the population in every country of the world....   [tags: Schizophrenia Essays]
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Schizophrenia - Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that Encarta (2001) describes as an illness that results in delusional thought patterns, hallucinations, and inappropriate effect. It literally means “split-mind’, but is not a multiple personality disorder. According to DSM-IV (1996) schizophrenia is categorized under the diagnostic code, ICD-9-CM or International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification of 295.xx. Symptoms of schizophrenia can be positive, which occur during the active phase, and negative, which are present before the onset of the disorder....   [tags: Schizophrenia Essays]
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Schizophrenia, A Matter of Perception - Schizophrenia, A Matter of Perception Part 2: Reality, What Reality. What is reality. To many, reality is the ability to validate a sensory experience with another sensory experience, for example, when one is able to touch what he sees, then that something is real. Yet, our perception, the collection of all our sensory inputs formatted into the framework of the mind, is unreal. A blue box is not really blue, but consists of waves transmitted to our visual receptors. What sounds like music is really a collection of vibrations, and smells are really different molecules interacting with our nasal receptors....   [tags: Schizophreania Science papers]
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Analysis of Tumi’s Case Study - In this essay, we will be discussing Tumi’s recent traumatic experiences and how two different perspectives, Socio-Cultural and the Biological perspective, will interpret these experiences in regards with Tumi. Both these perspectives will use certain evidence to support their ideals and justify their beliefs through psychology. We aim to compare and contrast the two perspectives with the use of Tumi’s case study, as well as other information. We analysis Tumi’s case study through the two elected perspectives and discuss on what evidence in the case study will support that specific perspective....   [tags: Schizophrenia]
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Schizophrenia And Its Treatments - Schizophrenia And Its Treatments Schizophrenia is a devastating brain disorder affecting people worldwide of all ages, races, and economic levels. It causes personality disintegration and loss of contact with reality (Sinclair). It is the most common psychosis and it is estimated that one percent of the U.S. population will be diagnosed with it over the course of their lives (Torrey 2). Recognition of this disease dates back to the 1800's when Emil Kraepelin concluded after a comprehensive study of thousands of patients that a "state of dementia was supposed to follow precociously or soon after the onset of the illness." Eugene Bleuler, a famous Swiss psychiatrist, coined the term "schizop...   [tags: Disorder Illness Schizophrenic Medical Essays]
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The Fallacy of Schizophrenia - ... Students in the Sever Mental Illness course [however] showed significant improvement in benevolence and social restrictiveness.” (Holmes, Corrigan, Williams, Canar, Kubiak, 1999). This research proves that in order to combat the stigma that Hollywood and public TV has so engrained in us, we must first start by getting informed. Information and knowledge is the key to ending discrimination and misconceptions about people suffering from schizophrenia. If the American populace could know that schizophrenia doesn’t necessarily end in checking into a padded cell in a macabre-looking “insane asylum” with a lifetime supply of straight jackets, maybe the treatment of mentally ill people could li...   [tags: research, disease, stigma, lives]
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The Origins of Schizophrenia - Schizophrenia is a behavioural disorder that affects both men and woman. It involves a difficulty in telling the different between real and imagined experiences. The disorder usually sees its onset in teen years or young adulthood. It is often referred to as a type of split personality or multiple personality disorder. Oftentimes people with this condition find themselves socially isolated mainly because people with this condition find it difficult to make normal social responses and have generally disorganized minds....   [tags: Mental Illness ]
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Schizophrenia and the Brain - Over the last few decades Schizophrenia has become embedded in mainstream vernacular as any behavior or emotional response that is out of touch with reality. However even with its popularity heightened through movies and headline news stories, schizophrenia is still one of the most enigmatic and least understood disorders of the brain. With current research focused on the role of neurobiology and functioning on a cellular level, investigative analysis has merited new innovations towards its source, however a single organic cause for the disorder still eludes scientists....   [tags: Mental Health, Diseases] 1865 words
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The Causes of Schizophrenia - Schizophrenia is undoubtedly one of the most common psychological disorders which according to epidemiology, affects at least 1 in 100 individuals (Kolb & Whishaw, 2011), equating to 24 million people worldwide (World Health Organisation, 2012). Research has demonstrated that symptoms of the illness usually become apparent in late adolescence or early adulthood (Bear, Connors, & Paradiso, 2007), with males typically experiencing an earlier onset in comparison to their female counterparts (Kalat, 2012)....   [tags: Neurotransmitter Imbalance]
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What Is Schizophrenia? - ... Instances of depression, dementia, and thought disturbances can be seen in the ancient Egyptian Ebers Papyrus and there is archeological evidence that people of the Stone Age tried to presumably release evil spirits through burr holes. Until the 18th century, mental illness or madness was seen as a punishment of god. After this period, mental illness was seen as a result of exposure to psychological stress. Originally termed ‘dementia praecox’ or dementia of early life, Schizophrenia was first identified by Dr....   [tags: distortion of reality, mental disorder] 610 words
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What is Schizophrenia? - ... In order to be classified a Schizophrenic one must experience a variety of symptoms. As previously stated, symptoms can be both positive and negative. Positive symptoms would be disorganized speech, hallucinations, delusions and inappropriate emotions and actions (DeWall & Myers, 2014, p.562). Negative symptoms would be expressionless faces, toneless voices, muteness and rigid bodies (DeWall & Myers, 2014, p.562). Negative symptoms are perceived as negative because they are lack of proper behaviors and positive symptoms are perceived as positive because they are the existence of inappropriate behaviors....   [tags: mental health disorders, mood disorders]
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Symptoms of Schizophrenia - Approximately 20% of North Americans will be affected by a mental illness during the course of their lifetime (Saha, Welham, Chant, & McGrath, 2008). Schizophrenia continues to develop new challenges today and continues to be a complex mental illness. It is a brain disorder that can happen to anyone occurring in any culture, affecting men and women equally and all areas of functioning, including thought, emotion, perception, and behavior. Most commonly, schizophrenia strikes a person between his or her late teens and early 20s....   [tags: Mental Health ]
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Schizophrenia in Children - ... The most commonly used medications are antipsychotics. Some commonly used antipsychotics are Chlorpromazine, Haloperidol, Perphenazine, and Fluphenazine. Atypical antipsychotics are used as well. Some of these include Risperidone, Olanzapine, Quetiapine, and Ziprasidone. It’s important to understand that these medications do not treat schizophrenia, but they do act against the symptoms ("Mental Health Medications"). Psychotherapy is another common form of treatment for children who have schizophrenia....   [tags: mental disorders, harder to diagnose]
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What is Schizophrenia? - Schizophrenia Introduction Schizophrenia is a mental health condition that is the base of several psychological symptoms. There are many people out there who suffer from this disorder and have no idea on how to cure it. Some people tend to spend their whole life with this disorder; whilst others get it treated as soon as they see first sign or symptom of it. Schizophrenia is not a disorder that cannot be treated; with the right kind of treatment, the disorder can be controlled and the individual suffering from it can be cured....   [tags: mental health condition, psychological]
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What is Schizophrenia? - What is Schizophrenia. What if you lived your life in constant fear of the voices in your head, feeling like someone’s plotting to harm you, or had a hard time interacting with the people around you. These are some of the common issues that people with Schizophrenia face in their life. Imagine if you were a parent and you believe your child is just acting out, but all signs lead to a much broader diagnosis. In order to visualize ourselves or other people around us living with Schizophrenia; we must first define the meaning of Schizophrenia. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (2009) (as cited in Regier et al, 1993), “Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain d...   [tags: psychiatry, mental illness, chemical imbalance]
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Schizophrenia: An Overview - ... The schizophrenogenic mother theory, coined by Freudian psychoanalyst’s claimed that mothers who were not around, not nurturing, or not affectionate towards their children where the cause of a child’s schizophrenia. Both of these theories pointed blame to at least one parent, often times the mother and were often not based on any scientific basis, but rather only circumstantial or coincidental evidence. However, modern studies have gave us a improved insight to the disease, a better knowledge of risk factors and better treatment actions than we have had in the past....   [tags: Disorder, Brain Psychiatry] 1483 words
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Epidemiology of Schizophrenia - Epidemiology of Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a chronic debilitating disease to the individuals and families it affects. Despite the incidence of schizophrenia being relatively low schizophrenia is also a major contributor to the global burden of disease. This substantial burden stems from two critical features, the early onset of the disorder and the large proportion of individuals who experience persisting or fluctuating incapacitating symptoms despite receiving treatments. Individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia usually experience a combination of symptoms which can be categorized into three broad categories, negative, positive, and cognitive symptoms....   [tags: Chronic Debilitating Disease, Mental Health]
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Abnormality and Schizophrenia - ... These manuals have evolved, with improved versions, through better understanding; however they are still not completely reliable. The efficacy of treatments for schizophrenia depends upon the reliability and validity of these classification systems. It also brings into question the subjective style and interpretation of clinical assessments and context of the symptoms. The concern towards labelling people with a mental illness is also important to the patient’s health. These concerns were highlighted by Rosenhan et al., (1973) through the “Being Sane in Insane Places” study, which investigated various American psychiatric institutions – in order to test the hypothesis that ‘psychiatrists...   [tags: disability, mental disorders, diagnose]
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What is Schizophrenia? - ... 1.1% of the world is currently diagnosed with schizophrenia. America alone spends up to 63 billion dollars on treatment and aid for those suffering the disorder. Schizophrenia affects your actions, thoughts, and view on living. 1 in 40,000 people suffering from schizophrenia often see a progression in the disease in their childhood, whereas 1 in 100 sufferers often see progression later in life. (Smith, Segal.) There are heaps of symptoms intertwined with schizophrenia. Symptoms like social withdrawal, hostility, inability to express emotion, inappropriate emotions, depression, insomnia, and forgetfulness are linked to the disorder, but these are all also symptoms to many other problems...   [tags: mental well being, physical well being]
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Living with Schizophrenia - ... But young men in their early teens are more affected with this psychotic illness than young women. An individual’s brain functions differently than a normal human’s mind. There are many symptoms and signs a person goes through with Schizophrenia. Every person undergoes different symptoms and signs, some experience it more than others. For instance, a human may begin to hear voices at some point. These voices are directing the individuals or he/she feels as if the voices are being in control of his/her minds....   [tags: psychotic, delusions, therapy] 1039 words
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What is Schizophrenia? - ... Scienctists and archelogists have found possible evidence that Schizophrenia could have existed in Egypt 1550 BC (Burton). The Egyptians would, like many tribes, would drill holes into skulls of evil people. Even in the Bible, psychosis is present. In Mark 5:1-20, the Gadarene demoniac is healed. In this story, Jesus casts out the demons from a man, who lives among the tombstones, and into some swine who kill themselves. This shows that psychosis was around in Bible times (Chapter 5). What are some symptoms....   [tags: psychotic mental illness, split mind]
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Schizophrenia in Children - Schizophrenia In Children For most families who are expecting, the welcoming of a child to their lives can be one of the greatest gift in life. The gift of a child however, is very life changing for any parent, as it requires great responsibility, patience, love, caring, and help from others. When a happy family in California had their first newborn baby girl named January in August 8, 2002 they did not know what great burden had come into their life. From the beginning of Jani’s life (short for January) showed completely different behaviors compared to those of other children around her age....   [tags: diagnosis and effects on the family]
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Schizophrenia in Macbeth - While the diagnosis of mental conditions is considered a modern practice, people throughout history have suffered similar mental illnesses but have gone undocumented or unstudied. But even without scientific or psychological records, mental illness can clearly be derived from historical figures and works of art. As early as the 1600s, characters in literary pieces are known to depict characteristics of modern mental labels. During this time period, mental illnesses were generally credited to witchcraft or demonic possession....   [tags: Character Analysis]
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Homelessness and Schizophrenia - Psychiatric disorders can lead to many types of problems. These problems can range from housing instability, to disease, and even death. Having a disorder and lack of stable living conditions most often further complicates the overall health and the care this is a bit confusing for a homeless adult. Without the proper health care the mind will become even more unstable. This does not automatically follow logically. Individuals with severe mental illness soften most times with homelessness because of their inability to accomplish daily tasks and earn money....   [tags: Mental Illness ]
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Living with Schizophrenia - ... There is nothing you can do to change the diagnosis. But there are things you can do to adapt to living with Schizophrenia. You will need supportive people to help you with activities of daily living (ADL). Even if you've always been an independent person, it's unlikely you can do everything yourself now. The antipsychotic drugs that you must take will probably make you sleepy. They will likely cause side-effects. You may not be able to sort the side-effects out from the disease itself. Your family and friends can offer physical and emotional support and act as advocates on your behalf....   [tags: diagnosis, delusions, feelings] 522 words
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Schizophrenia - Schizophrenia is not a single disease, but a broad category of mental illnesses. Schizophrenia is a psychiatry disorder where several structural disturbances occur in the brain. It normally takes place in the temporal and frontal lobes, changing the neural systems and affecting the neurotransmitters in charge of controlling the functioning that takes place in these areas. It is not a structural brain disease that shows up early on X-rays CAT scans, or EEGs. Schizophrenics also have defects in the handling of amino acids....   [tags: Schizophrenics Psychiatry Disorder] 427 words
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Taking a Look at Schizophrenia - ... Therefore, a smaller prefrontal cortex results in reduced activity and contributes to schizophrenic symptoms. In addition to abnormal brain structure, schizophrenia is caused by abnormal neurotransmitter regulation, specifically dopamine. Schizophrenia is thought to arise from excess production of dopamine and overstimulation of dopamine receptors by dopamine in the mesolimbic pathway of the brain. The mesolimbic pathway includes important structures in the brain such as the nucleus accumbens and amygdala....   [tags: psychological disorders] 1007 words
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Taking a Closer Look at Schizophrenia - ... To those who have not experienced schizophrenia it might sound disturbing, but to those living with the disorder, it seems unimaginable. “The experience of schizophrenia is often one of extraordinary terror (King, 2011, p. 507). The broad category of schizophrenia includes a set of disorders in which individuals experience distorted perception of reality and impairment in thinking, behavior, affect, and motivation” (Whitbourne & Halgin, 2013, p. 199). “The symptoms of schizophrenia are divided into two groups, positive and negative....   [tags: mental disorders] 853 words
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Are People with Schizophrenia Dangerous and Unpredictable - ... As explained previously, a great deal of those who had the more negative reactions to schizophrenia appear to be people from the older generation who weren’t raised on the knowledge we now possess on the disorder. The 2006 General Social Survey in the USA looked into the modern day view of schizophrenia, however, show that even with the constant stream of education, there are still negative attitudes that are hard to change with 60% of surveyed “expected violence from someone with schizophrenia” a minimal change from the same survey 10 years ago (Wahl, 2012, p.9)....   [tags: stygma and myth, stereotypes]
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There Are Five Branches of Schizophrenia - ... Also Schizophrenia can result from a defect in the certain gene that produces important brain chemicals. Environmental factors such as prenatal viruses or malnutrition or complications during delivery can also lead a person to develop Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia may also be caused by brain abnormalities such as excessive levels of dopamine, larger ventricles in the brain, and problems that occurred during brain development. There are several techniques used to treat the symptoms of Schizophrenia....   [tags: paranoid, disorganized, catatonic] 1774 words
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John Nash's Life and Schizophrenia - On June 13, 1928, the adventure of John Nash's life had begun. Nash excelled academically from a young age, he was able to skip a grade, and soon after was accepted into Princeton University. He was considered one of the best mathematicians of his day. In time Nash developed schizophrenia; talking about himself in third person, writing in cryptic formulas on Princeton's blackboards, and calling his old colleagues. Then he was prescribed anti-psychotic and made a slow recovery, until he became frightened of the possible side effects and stopped taking his medication....   [tags: princenton university, psychotic episode]
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Cost Considerations in the Treatment of Schizophrenia - In the United States, schizophrenia is most widely understood as a biogenetically determined illness. Those given this diagnosis are seen as unlikely to recover. In the West, pharmacological treatment is the primary intervention offered by mainstream mental health practitioners. However, in the United States and abroad, there is growing controversy about both the causes of and efficacy of treatment for individuals who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia. A longitudinal study launched in 1969 by the staff of the World Health Organization reported that in the United States, Denmark and Taiwan, 40% of individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia were found to be “severely impaired;” whereas in t...   [tags: mental health, treatment]
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Paranoid Schizophrenia Is the Reverse of Happiness - ... Some of the main treatments besides medication include psychotherapy, hospitalization and the not so good sounding electroconvulsive therapy or as the mainstream knows it electroshock. The medications for paranoid schizophrenia are as follows: chlorpromazine, Prolixin and Haldol to name a few. These are considered to be First generation antipsychotics which help to control the symptoms by affecting brain elements called neurotransmitters. These are the best treatments for managing the delusions and hallucinations by reducing the patient’s anxiety and agitation....   [tags: mental ailments]
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Taking a Look at Schizophrenia - ... Research has shown that there is an element of heredity as high as 85% in schizophrenia. A number of genes have been identified to contribute to this with the involvement of the particular genes varying. The main ones include Neuregulin 1, the catechol-O-methyl transferase (COMT) and G72/G30. All of these genes are largely involved in neural synaptogenesis and connectivity hence they control brain functioning. The risk of exposure to schizophrenia increases in family lines that have schizophrenia....   [tags: mental disorders] 1619 words
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Characteristics and Symptoms of Schizophrenia - Schizophrenia Thousands of people all over the world have disabilities. Schizophrenia is only one of the many disabilities that people face. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary states that Schizophrenia is “a psychotic disorder characterized by loss of contact with the environment, by noticeable deterioration in the level of functioning in everyday life, and by disintegration of personality” (par 1). Schizophrenia is a serious disorder that affects all people, young or old, black or white, male or female....   [tags: violent behavior, treatment]
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The Implications of Expressed Emotion in Schizophrenia - The emergence of Schizophrenia can be attributed to many individual factors including biological causes, such as heredity and genetics, sociopsychological influences, like social class, and social factors, namely stressful life events. One particular opinion regarding the aetiology of this illness is Expressed Emotion: a concept which links directly to the emotional atmosphere in the caregivers home, and the feelings conveyed regarding the illness of the dependent (Whittick, 1993). When a Schizophrenic patient goes into convalescence, they are required to be in a stable environment which is low in expressed emotion, otherwise implications, including relapse, are more likely to occur (Vaughn...   [tags: Mental Health ]
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Schizophrenia: Its Causes and Forms - At 3:40 on July 18th 1984 James Huberty killed 21 people at a San Ysidro McDonald’s and was shot and killed by a sniper after 77 minutes of continuous shooting (Noe). Huberty’s episode is attributed to his hearing voices before his excursion, a symptom of Paranoid Schizophrenia, a disease that Huberty was diagnosed with (Coon, Mitterer 488). This incident shows, in a very extreme way, that Schizophrenia of any type has the ability to alter ones realization of reality and may be caused by several things....   [tags: mental illness, reality altering, serial killer]
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Exploring the Mental Illness of Schizophrenia - Many people have ignored the illness that affects about one percent of the population. Schizophrenia is the mental illness that I’m referring to. Schizophrenia is a psychotic illness which is can be never-ending, severe, and brain distorting. I’ve grown interest in this particular topic for several reasons. One influence came from my interesting aunt. The problem started when I noticed the farfetched information my Aunt relayed to me. “Hey Aunt, how are you?” I squealed “I’m not so good, I feel like people are putting poison in my food.” Aunt claimed “Who?” I exclaimed “The nursing home,” Aunt yelled “I don’t think they are doing that Aunt,” “Yes, these people hate me; they also are stealing...   [tags: mental health] 1529 words
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Types and Treatment of Schizophrenia - Schizophrenia is considered one of the most common mental illness worldwide. Although it is a common illness, research has yet determined the initial factors that contribute to the disorder. Everyday schizophrenia affects individuals drastically with some bizarre symptoms, that only themselves understand it. In the following, one will be able to understand and identify each type, what factors contribute to the cause and how individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia function on a daily basis. Characterized as the “crazy” disorder, schizophrenia is a mental illness that causes an individual to misinterpret reality and fantasy....   [tags: Paranoia, Electroconvulsive Therapy]
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A Brief Description of Schizophrenia - ... Changes in the temporal lobe may be responsible for positive symptoms. Dopamine Hypothesis The current dopamine hypothesis suggests that schizophrenia is a result of dysregulation of dopaminergic activity – there is an increase in dopamine D2 binding sites and there are prefrontal D1 deficits (Moncrieff, 2009;). This means that there is over activity of dopamine in certain areas of the brain – possibly leading to positive symptoms – and there is also under activity of dopamine in other areas of the brain – possibly leading to negative symptoms....   [tags: complex, debilitating mental disorder]
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Schizophrenia Correlation in Methamphetamine Users - There have been numerous studies on the correlation of methamphetamine use to schizophrenia. The studies have been done in a clinical course of methamphetamine psychosis that produces the awareness of the biological aspects of the overcoming paranoid psychotic state with hallucinating that occurs in schizophrenia (Sato, Numachi&Hamamura, 1992). In Japan, they ran a series of methamphetamine psychosis studies on people who discontinued their use of methamphetamine; the study ran for over a period of more than forty years (Sato et al., 1992)....   [tags: paranoid psychotic states]
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Taking a Look at Schizophrenia - ... Schizophrenia usually starts to affect men between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five, and between ages twenty-five and thirty-five in women. Depending on the person, the disorder can occur suddenly and fast, or it can be so slow that the individual does not even know they can it for a while. Diagnosing schizophrenia is done by watching and observing the patients actions. The doctor must know the patient’s psychiatric and medical background before he/she can fully diagnose them. Certain tests and a psychological evaluation have to be performed on the patient to be able to rule out other conditions that may just be schizophrenia-like symptoms....   [tags: mental disorders] 715 words
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Schizophrenia in the Movie Sucker Punch - ... Schizophrenia affects the way a person acts, thinks, and sees the world around them. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that makes it hard for the person who is suffering with the mental illness, to tell the difference between what is real and what is not real. People with schizophrenia have an altered perception of their reality, which often results with a significant loss of contact with their reality. They may also believe that others are trying to harm them, or feel like they’re being constantly watched or followed The person suffering from Schizophrenia may begin to gradual withdraw from family and friends, often spending a majority of their time by themselves....   [tags: thoughts, mental illness, movie] 1198 words
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Schizophrenia: Critique of Research Study - Schizophrenia is the most common and complex mental disorder that has an impact on many people worldwide. Not only is the disorder complex but devastating. Schizophrenia starts in the early lives of an individual and can lead to lifelong disability (Moritz, 2010). In this paper schizophrenia will be introduced as well as why this topic and discipline were chosen. There will also be a research study that will not only be critiqued by the research that is given but also how the research was presented as well....   [tags: Research Paper]
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Schizophrenia - People all over the world suffer from this dreadful disease, but you may be wondering what it is, what causes it, and if there are treatments. All these questions and more with be answered, but first of all, what is schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by irrational thought processes. A person dealing with this debilitating illness may think that people are going to kill them, or kidnap them. Some Schizophrenics often have “voices” in their heads telling them what to do....   [tags: Psychology, informative]
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Schizophrenia The Challenging Mental Illness - Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder characterized by the breakdown of the thought processes, of emotional responsiveness and of contact with reality. The term schizophrenia itself means “fragmented mind.” A person with this disorder has trouble with deciphering between what is “real” and what is “unreal”. (Gur & Johnson, 2006) Symptoms of schizophrenia can be divided into five categories: psychotic symptoms, negative symptoms, cognitive impairment, mood problems, and behavioral disturbances....   [tags: Mental Illness ]
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A Beautiful Mind and the Illustration of Schizophrenia - Schizophrenia is a disease that plagues many individuals today and though medications can help alleviate the symptoms there is no known cure for the illness. There are a multitude of representations of schizophrenia in the media. This paper will focus on A Beautiful Mind; a film that focuses on John Forbes Nash Jr. Nash was a mentally gifted individual. He attended Princeton and his mathematical work has changed society greatly. In the movie, Russell Crowe played John Nash in A Beautiful Mind....   [tags: film review, psychological analysis] 1633 words
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Positve and Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia - ... Positive symptoms include hallucinations and delusions. These tend to be the more obvious signs of psychosis. On the other hand negative symptoms indicate deficits or absence of normal behavior which can affect speech and motivation. Disorganized symptoms include erratic behavior as well as rambling speech. Another disorganized symptom can be inappropriate affect which can be laughing or crying at inappropriate times. Since disorganized symptoms are considered the least studied they tend to be the least understood....   [tags: brain, hallucinations, delusions]
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Shedding Some Light of Schizophrenia - ... If one does not seek medical attention, they don’t know how to take care of themselves and symptoms will get worse. Participating in drugs can cause serious damage and can lead to medical problems in the future, Such as; cirrhosis, heart disease and malnutrition. There are plenty of different treatments that you can do, you can participate in family psychotherapy, and community based rehab with social skills training, cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. The earlier schizophrenia is detected and treated is a better outcome; it is traditionally focused on decreasing the patient’s negative symptoms....   [tags: mental disorders]
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Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders - The Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders category of the DSM-IV-TR includes disorders which have psychotic symptoms as a dominant part of their presentation (American Psychiatric Association, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed., text rev., 2000). Disorders in the Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders category include Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophreniform Disorder, Delusional Disorder, Shared Psychotic Disorder, Brief Psychotic Disorder, Psychotic Disorder due to a General Medical Condition, Substance Induced Psychotic Disorder, and Psychotic Disorder Not Otherwise Specified....   [tags: Psychology]
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Abnormalities of People with Schizophrenia - ... Overall, the author’s argument declared the multiple things that can accelerate the victim to experience deadly symptoms and suicidal thoughts through data from institutes and universities. One thing that they seem to omit is the fact that since every individual is unique the symptoms can vary dramatically depending on their brain chemistry, so providing interviews will reinforce the authors’ opinion. The interviews will show how transition in either behavior or feeling transcends as a person becomes older....   [tags: brain, mri, lobes] 996 words
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Schizophrenia: A Great Illness - Schizophrenia is a brain disease; Schizophrenia’s main problem is with insanity. What is Insanity. Webster’s dictionary states it as “A deranged state of the mind occurring as a specific disorder (as Schizophrenia) (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary 646).” The definition of insanity is closely related to schizophrenia described as a disorder. When having schizophrenia one's behavior and thinking change dramatically. One’s behavior might contain several signs as loss of personal contact, social withdrawal, diminution of appetite, depletion of hygiene, delusions and hallucinations are just to name a few....   [tags: Diseases/Disorders]
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Schizophrenia - Schizophrenia is affecting people more now than a few decades ago. This illness is across the US and is present in every culture. People are now aware and understand how the illness can be devastating to one’s life. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder of the brain but it is highly treatable. In the US the total amount of people affected with the illness is about 2.2 % of the adult population. The average number of people affected per 1000 total population is 7.2 % per 1000, which means a city that is consists of 3 million people will have approxiamately 21,000 people suffering from schizophrenia....   [tags: Psychology] 1406 words
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Schizophrenia Genes and Environmental Basis - ... The symptoms can be developed over time. Females seem to receive the symptoms later than males do. [3]Schizophrenia affects about 1% of the population. Schizophrenia affects men about 1½ more times than women. Schizophrenia is found to be more likely in relatives of a schizophrenia person. People with an aunt, uncle, cousin, or grandparent with the disorder are found most likely to get it more so than any other bystander. Someone with a parent or sibling that has the disorder has a 10% chance of getting schizophrenia....   [tags: brain, mutation, illness] 656 words
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Schizophrenia - Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a specific type of psychosis. It is a disorder distinguished by disturbances within thought patterns, attention and also emotion. It can also result in a complete lack of emotional expressiveness, or on occasions inappropriate ones. Every now and then it may cause disturbances in the patient’s movement and or behaviour, resulting in an unkempt appearance. For quite a long time schizophrenia was perceived as a ‘functional disorder’ with some doctors saying it was a ‘sociological phenomenon’ (Gelder et al 1989) meaning’ patients with schizophrenia are normal people who are driven insane by an insane world’....   [tags: Psychology, informative, analysis]
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Comparison of Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia - ... This manic episode is accompanied with at least three additional symptoms such as a decreased need for sleep, a flight of ideas, easily distracted and a major increase in self-esteem. Some individuals have episodes of mania followed by depression or in turn have episodes of depression followed by mania and then the mood will return to normal (euthymic mood). The etiology of schizophrenia, like some mental disorders, is not completely known or understood. Scientists do not yet understand all of the contributing factors of schizophrenia, but is most likely cause by both genetic and environmental factors....   [tags: etiology, symptoms, treatments] 996 words
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Schizophrenia - The term “schizophrenia” is less than one hundred years old but the disease was first recognized by Dr. Emile Kraeplin in 1887. Although being identified in 1887, schizophrenia has been around since the existence of man. Writings from ancient Egypt, known as the Book of Hearts, reveal that schizophrenia, along with other mental disorders such as depression, were common in that time and they had their own methods of treatment. However, these treatments were often extreme and deadly to the patients; one practice actually being to drill holes into the patient’s skull in the hopes of releasing the demons possessing that individual....   [tags: Psychology] 1190 words
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Schizophrenia: Factors and Treatment - Schizophrenia is a psychological disorder that affects about 2.2 million people (Lumpur, 2005). As a child, this author did not understand the term “schizophrenic”. All that was known was that a person with the disease did not appear to be sick but on the inside they are mentally disturbed. The author’s previously thoughts of schizophrenia was unclear, this report will describe schizophrenia and its causative factors as well as descriptions on how schizophrenia is diagnosed and treated. Schizophrenia is a mixture of signs and symptoms that can either be both positive and negative (American Psychiatric Association, 2000)....   [tags: Psychological Disorder, Antipsychotic Medication]
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Taking a Look at Schizophrenia - ... This is also the stage when bizarre thought and actions are first noticed. This is followed by the second phase, referred to as the acute phase, where positive symptoms that include hallucinations, delusions, distress and agitation, manifest themselves in an individual. It is usually in this stage that treatment is sought and applied. The effects that stay on after these treatments are negative symptoms and resemble those of the prodromal period. This phase is followed by a third phase, which could last several years, and is interrupted by relapses....   [tags: psychological disorders]
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Diagnosis and Treatment of Schizophrenia - ... The positive symptoms include hallucination, delusions, confused thoughts and changes in behaviour and thoughts. When patient is presenting hallucination this involves any of the senses though the utmost common is hearing voices. Although hallucination are very real to the patients experiencing them but people around them cannot hear voices or experience any sensation. According to the researchers states that when patients with schizophrenia hear voices, it is seen on the equipment of brain scanning showing that there are changes on the speech area of the brain....   [tags: psychosis, abnormality] 1373 words
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