Is Schizophrenia A Mental Disorder?

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What is Schizophrenia? Have you ever wondered how your life would end up? Could it be happily married with kids and your own house to call yours? Or how about living your life traveling around the world trying to see all that you can. Just living out your dream to the best of your abilities. But what if you couldn’t do any of that? What if all that was stopped by one costly mental disorder. Schizophrenia is that mental disorder. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder in which basically a person hears voices and sees delusions that are not really there. People with this may have difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what is imaginary; may be unresponsive or withdrawn; and may have difficulty expressing normal emotions in social situations. This is one of the many mental disorders that can really make that person that you used to love and know and turn them into someone crazy who you can’t be around. In this paper I will go through what causes this disorder, how to detect if someone has the disorder. The steps you should take after you know the person has it. Also how to potentially live with a person with this. What Causes Schizophrenia The cause of schizophrenia is still unclear. Some theories about the cause of this disease include: genetics (heredity), biology (the imbalance in the brain’s chemistry); and/or possible viral infections and immune disorders. (Mental Health America) Some people believe that it is based off of genetics is because the disorder tends to run in families and that a person inherits a tendency to develop the disease. (Mental Health America) Schizophrenia may also be triggered by environmental events like if a person is in a very stressful situation or has to make a very difficult decision that ... ... middle of paper ... ...isions about how best to manage the illness, work toward recovery, and handle setbacks. (Segal) Reduce stress. Stress can cause schizophrenia symptoms to flare up, so it’s important to create a structured and supportive environment for your family member. Avoid putting pressure on your loved one or criticizing perceived shortcomings. (Segal) Set realistic expectations. It’s important to be realistic about the challenges and limitations of schizophrenia. Help your loved one set and achieve manageable goals, and be patient with the pace of recovery. (Segal) Empower your loved one. Be careful that you’re not taking over and doing things for your family member that he or she is capable of doing. Try to support your loved one while still encouraging as much independence as possible. (Segal) All of these thing will make living with a person with this disorder much easier.
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