Schizophrenia

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Schizophrenia is an extreme disorder, which causes the individual to suffer from disorderly thinking, abnormal behaviors, latent hallucinations, and the problem of trying to distinguish between what is real and what could potentially be a fantasy. The term itself means split mind giving the definition of Schizophrenia its identity. However, the causes of Schizophrenia has been a high intensity topic with various different valid explanations such as genetics, inflammation of the brain, chemical influences, and brain structural defects, all of which stem from a biological standpoint. Dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain, became a suspect behind the disorder when doctors realized that amphetamine users were having similar side effects (increased dopamine levels in the body) with people who actually had Schizophrenia. This led to the discovery of drugs that counteract the disorder, however, are also responsible for some positive-symptoms such as over activity. Furthermore, the biology behind Schizophrenia proves the genetic risk explanation true. “The highest risk for developing Schizophrenia if one has a blood relative with the disorder is faced by monozygotic (identical twins), who share 100 percent of their genetic material, with a risk factor of about 50 percent” (Ciccarelli & White, 2012, pg. 559). Thus, it is safe to say, as the relation between two blood relatives decreases, so does the risk for Schizophrenia. In relation to everyday life, there are three different kinds of Schizophrenia that affect people in different ways. Individuals that suffer from Disorganized Schizophrenia are usually overly confused people. They tend to mix up their speech, exploit themselves through extreme or minimal emotions, and are known t... ... middle of paper ... ... to which it affects these unfortunate people is extreme. A good percentage of them are fully dependent on another person just to live their life from day to day. Suicide is common in younger people with Schizophrenia, which is no better. To conclude, Schizophrenia is a huge burden to anyone that suffers from it, but the people that strive for a better life, even with the disorder, can live a better life with the correct treatments and therapies. Works Cited Saundra K. Ciccarelli & J. Noland White. (2012). Psychology. Upper Saddle River. Prentice Hall. Raskin, S. A., Maye, J., Rogers, A., Correll, D., Zamroziewicz, M., & Kurtz, M. (2013, November 4). Prospective Memory in Schizophrenia: Relationship to Medication Management Skills, Neurocognition, and Symptoms in Individuals With Schizophrenia. Neuropsychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/neu000004

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