The term "positive symptoms" does not mean it is positive in the sense that it is wanted or a positive thing to have. They are hallucinations, and delusions and they are believed to be triggered by stress. The other type of symptoms is "negative symptoms", which are subtractions from the normal amount of feelings, some of these include: loss of interest, loss of energy, and loss of motivation. I will first talk about the positive symptoms of schizophrenia. One of the most occurring positive symptoms is hallucinations.
To observers, schizophrenia may seem like a disease or madness because people who have this disorder behave differently to the people that are considered “normal.” It impairs a person from doing work, going to school, taking care of his/herself or having a social relationship with others. Yet, by looking at some of the symptoms, it is sometimes hard to classify schizophrenia as a disease because it enables those inflicted with it to develop new ways of communication intellectually and creatively, as well as enhancing artistic abilities. A disease is usually some kind of sickness that will lead to death or under heavy medication. However, this is not the case. For now, there is no cure but only treatment to help people with schizophrenia to live more productive lives.
In some cases, individuals with schizophrenia say that they have no idea at all or that their heads seem “empty”. Many schizophrenic patients think they possess extraordinary powers such as x-ray vision or super strength. They may believe that their thoughts are being controlled by others or that everyone knows what they are thinking. These beliefs ar... ... middle of paper ... ...ected over another because it has less chance of damaging a diseased liver, worsening a heart condition, or affecting a patient’s high blood pressure. For all the benefits that anti-psychotic drugs provide, clearly they are far from ideal.
Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder characterized by the breakdown of the thought processes, of emotional responsiveness and of contact with reality. The term schizophrenia itself means “fragmented mind.” A person with this disorder has trouble with deciphering between what is “real” and what is “unreal”. (Gur & Johnson, 2006) Symptoms of schizophrenia can be divided into five categories: psychotic symptoms, negative symptoms, cognitive impairment, mood problems, and behavioral disturbances. No two people with schizophrenia have the same symptoms; each person is unique. Symptoms can vary in intensity and alter over time.
A person with schizophrenia may seem without goals in their life, become eccentric and unmotivated, they may isolate themselves and remove themselves from family and friends. The warning signs to watch for are • Lack of motivation • Social isolation & withdrawal • Irrational, bizarre or questioning behavior or odd statements or beliefs • Increases paranoia or questioning others’ motivations • Becoming more emotionless • Hostility or suspi... ... middle of paper ... ...s are: Loss of motivation Drowsiness Feeling sedated Weight gain Sexual dysfunction Nervousness There is some non-pharmalogical that a person with schizophrenia can turn to, there is personal therapy which is designed to help patients with schizophrenia recognize and respond appropriately to arousing stimuli improves function and reduces relapse. There is ECT(electro-convulsive therapy) has a modest and definite role to play in the treatment of schizophrenia, despite the adverse publicity it has received. Animal assisted therapy helps the patient by encouraging mobility, interpersonal contact and communication and reinforced activities of daily living. Works Cited http://www.invegasustenna.com/symptoms-of-schizophrenia http://www.molbio.princeton.edu/courses/mb427/1999/projects/9902/genetics.htm http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=722
The most common type of hallucination is hearing things that are not there, such as voices. Some people find comfort in their hallucinations, but typically the experience is alienating, stressful and often terrifying. With paranoid schizophrenia, for instance, hallucinations are commonly experienced as a belief that people, even loved ones and healthcare workers, intend to do the person harm. As a result, the person experiencing hallucinations often feel immense distrust, discomfort, and even terror of those around them. In turn, this person’s community (family, healthcare workers, friends) can feel similarly uncomfortable, confused, awkward, and at times, fearful.
The symptoms of schizophrenia are generally divided into three categories; positive, disorganized and negative symptoms. Positive or 'psychotic' symptoms include delusions and hallucinations as the patient has lost touch with reality in certain important ways. Positive used in this context does not mean good, rather it refers to having overt symptoms that should not be there. Delusions can cause the patient to believe that other people are reading their thoughts or plotting against them, that others are secretly monitoring or threatening them, that they can control other peoples minds or to have other grandiose beliefs. Hallucinations can cause people to hear or see things that are not there.
Schizophrenia’s “negative symptoms” are harder to recognize. These include the flat affect, in which the persons face doesn’t move and the voice is droning. The lack of pleasure in life is another once, along with the lack of ability to start and sustain activities, and little speech. These symptoms prevent or block the person from living a normal life because they cause social, physical, and emotional, and mental problems. This may lead to psychosis, insanity, or ... ... middle of paper ... ...ients that suffer severe symptoms.
They are false beliefs that are not part of a person’s culture and do not change. These delusions can be very bizarre such as people thinking that other’s can control their behavior (Delusions of control), or they may believe that they are someone else, such as a famous historical figure (Delusions of grandeur, Grinell, RENÉE)They have thoughts that people are out to harm them such as poisoning, spying, or harassing people that they care about. These are called "delusions of persecution." Negative symptoms can cause disruptions to daily life activities. The symptoms include a “flat affect” which is when a persons face does not move at all or the person talks in a monotone voice, lack of pleasure in every day life, lack of not being abl... ... middle of paper ... ...make Jani better no matter how hard they try.
Many times people choose to hide their depression because they feel that people will think they are weak, they do not want people to worry about them or let alone think that they are crazy. But, how will we know to reach out and help them before it is too late? And, is there a way to help save someone who is having suicidal thoughts? Suicide is the action