This psychotic disorder primarily affects a human’s brain. A person living with this mental illness experiences several symptoms as well as signs. Therefore an individual relies on a relative or someone he/she is comfortable with in order to watch him/her. People who are suffering from Schizophrenia are usually referred to as Schizophrenics. Many individuals have a difficult time accepting that either he or she has been diagnosed with Schizophrenia.
We can guess that stress can trigger schizophrenia because of the EE studies that look at patient relapse rate. Also if we believe that the symptoms are a reflection of the cause it is also not unreasonable to think stress can trigger schizophrenia. Stress is a persons perceived inability to cope with a situation. Therefore they are blaming themselves for their failure to perform. Many schizophrenics experience hallucinations commenting on their actions.
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. The paper will discuss the schizophrenia disorder in detail, causes, risk, signs & symptoms, and treatments of it.
SCHIZOPHRENIA History indicates the disorder known as schizophrenia has been a source of misunderstanding for many people. Schizophrenia is one of the most confusing disorders studied in the field of psychology. Most people believe schizophrenia is a mental disorder of multiple personalities. Some think those who suffer from this disorder are completely insane. The real truth behind is, they don’t have multiple personalities and aren’t completely crazy.
Victims share a range of symptoms that can be devastating to themselves as well as to families and friends. They may have trouble dealing with the most minor everyday stresses and insignificant changes in their surroundings. They may avoid social contact, ignore personal hygiene and behave oddly (Kass, 194). Many people outside the mental health profession believe that schizophrenia refers to a “split personality”. The word “schizophrenia” comes from the Greek schizo, meaning split and phrenia refers to the diaphragm once thought to be the location of a person’s mind and soul.
Treatments include antipsychotic medications that come with a slew of negative side effects, psychosocial treatments, illness management skill therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Schizophrenia is often accompanied by substance abuse, so rehab often comes along with treatment of the disorder. Nobody really knows exactly what causes schizophrenia, which is one of the things that makes it so interesting. It appears to be a culmination of many different factors. These many factors include: genetics- schizophrenia is up to 80% heritable (Picker, Psychiatric Times), prenatal complications, slower fetal growth, which sometimes indicates cerebral atrophy, hypoxia near the time of birth, prenatal infections, childhood infections, childhood antecedents, substance abuse, and life experiences.
... ... middle of paper ... ...together equally, not putting an emphasis on either of the treatments. Most patients in treatment have an entire team of specialists to help with their recovery. This team includes psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, counselors, and therapists, all who work together to create a personalized plan for each person to receive the best care possible for their illness. Schizophrenia may be an extremely complex disease, but with even a small insight and understanding of the disease it becomes that the people that suffer from this disease are not the deviant criminals that we see on the television, but rather just mentally ill patients that have an extremely confusing and complicated disease. But through an understanding of the many symptoms, and treatment opportunities it becomes easier and easier to understand and aide in the treatment of this disorder.
Their speech and behavior can be so disorganized that they may be incomprehensible or frightening to others. Available treatments can relieve many symptoms, but most people with schizophrenia continue to suffer some symptoms throughout their lives; it has been estimated that no more than one in five individuals recovers completely. Schizophrenia is found not only in the US but the whole world. The first signs of schizophrenia often appear as confusing, or even shocking, changes in behavior. The sudden onset of severe psychotic symptoms is referred to as an “acute” phase of schizophrenia.
(1) The environment surrounding an individual also can trigger the onset of schizophrenia. It has been observed that family stress, trauma, and poor social interactions all have the tendency to promote schizophrenic behavior, though it does not necessarily cause it. Going along with this, it is also possible that prenatal conditions affect the development of schizophrenia... ... middle of paper ... ...he causes of schizophrenia. (3) After researching schizophrenia, it is apparent that there is no clear answer to the question of what causes the psychiatric disorder. Rather, there is much debate about the four hypotheses that seem to dominate the scientific community as of late.
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’. Schizophrenics may often be withdrawn from other people and usual everyday reality, frequently into a life of strange delusions and hallucinations. Schizophrenia is known to cause such huge disruption within that person’s life that it is unsurprising that it has been very difficult to find out what the underlying causes of the disorder are and to develop methods to try and treat it. There is still a long road to travel before anyone understands the various factors that trigger schizophrenia . There are many treatments but ones that are effective as well as having no undesirable side effects are yet to be found, although the efficiency of some antipsychotic drugs and current advancement in biological research has actually countered this 70’s concept.