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Mental Disorders: Schizophrenia´s Common Symptoms

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Schizophrenia is a mental disorder categorized by a collapse in thinking and poor emotional responses. Common symptoms include delusions, such as paranoia; hearing voices or noises that are not there; disordered thinking; an absence of emotion and a lack of motivation. Schizophrenia causes substantial social and work problems. Symptoms begin typically in young adulthood. Diagnosis is based on observed behavior.
Factors such as genetics, early environment, psychological and social processes appear to be important contributing issues. Some leisure and prescription drugs seem to cause or worsen symptoms. Schizophrenia does not suggest a "split personality", or "multiple personality disorder," a condition with which it is often confused in society. Rather, the word means a "splitting of mental functions", reflecting the performance of the illness.
The basis of treatment is antipsychotic medication, which mainly subdues the dopamine receptor activity. Therapy, job training and social rehabilitation are also vital in treatment. In more serious cases, where there is risk to self or others, involuntary hospitalization is necessary.
Individuals with schizophrenia may experience hallucinations, delusions, and confused thinking and speech. The last may range from loss of general idea, to sentences only loosely linked in meaning, to speech that is not comprehensible. Social withdrawal, untidiness of dress and hygiene, and loss of enthusiasm and judgment are all common in schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is frequently labeled in terms of positive and negative symptoms. Positive symptoms are those that most individuals do not normally experience but are in people with schizophrenia. They can include delusions, disordered thoughts and speech, an...

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... then what he had, like many I believe what the elders said, but now after my research, though I am not qualified to make a diagnosis, I believe that he had schizophrenia. I also believe that if we as a family were more educated about the mental disorder, we could have helped him.
In conclusion, individuals with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia are at a significantly greater risk of being victims of both violent and non-violent crime. Schizophrenia has been associated with a higher rate of violent acts, although this is primarily due to higher rates of drug use. Media coverage relating to violent acts by individuals with schizophrenia reinforces public perception of an association between schizophrenia and violence. The perception of individuals with psychosis as violent has more than doubled in prevalence since the 1950s, according to one meta-analysis.
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