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Schizophrenia When a person hears the term Schizophrenia, the first thought that comes to mind is "Crazy" or "Insanity." Often confused with Disassociate Identity Disorder (a.k.a. multiple personalities), Schizophrenia is a psychiatric disorder that is characterized by a wide variety of symptoms and the disorganization of thought processes and emotions. Although Schizophrenia is considered one of the most severe and frequent forms of mental disorders, scientists continue to search for a cure and new forms of treatment for this incurable disease whose causes are still unknown. Of all the functional psychoses, Schizophrenia is by far the most incapacitating and a devastating brain disease which has torn apart the lives of many including victims of this disease and their families. From two greek roots meaning "split mind", attempting to define the term "Schizphrenia" is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. The most interesting fact is that approximately one percent of the population in Canada suffer from Schizophrenia with $7.8 billion dollars being being spent on Mental Health care and occupying 15 percent of hospital beds. With many different types of the disease and a broad assortment of symptoms, the characteristics unfailingly sets Schizophrenia apart from other disorders. There are five major types of Schizophrenia. Diorganized Schizophrenia can be described as infentile behaviour. Patients will appear childish by giggling, displaying silly mannerisms and inappropriate emotional responses. Paranoid Schizophrenia is distinguished by the patient's dellusions and hallucinations with unpredictable behaviours. Cataonic... ... middle of paper ... ...e current forms of treatment which consist mainly of psychotherapy and prescription drug usage and perhaps one day, solve the puzzel that has baffled scientists around the world for centuries and discover the long awaited cure. We must remember that people suffering from this horrifying disorder are human and have real fears and emotions, just like everyone else. They are not "Crazy" or "Insane." If someone you love is ever faced with Schizophrenia, do not turn your back on them, but rather see that they are well taken care of and receive the treatments necessary to live a normal and happy life. Reference List Feldman, Robert S. & Collins Joan E. & Green Judy M. (2004) Essentials of Understanding Psychology, Second Canadian Edition. McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited, a Subsidiary of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Canada.

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