Schizophrenia Essay

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Imagine being in a dark room, there is no one around, and darkness is all around. All of the sudden voices start to form; they sound like different people all yelling at the same time. No one is around to help or explain what to do. Unfortunately for most people who are diagnosed with the mental disorder Schizophrenia this is an everyday occurrence. Schizophrenia is a disorder which dilutes the mind and makes it hard to go through every day functions such as shopping or even being able to eat. Many patients who have schizophrenia are often categorized by the way one is diagnosed, their symptoms, but treatment options are available. In most cases schizophrenia is first shown in adolescents and adults ages 15 to 30 however; recent studies, which have been conducted by Mary Cannon and her fellow colleagues, may show otherwise. These studies show that patients who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia did not perform as well in certain subjects in school as their peers who would grow up to be healthy did. To conduct this study Cannon gathered 400 school files of children, who later in life would be diagnosed with Schizophrenia, and then compared them to the files of mentally healthy people. “We did not find that preschizopherenic children performed worse in academic subjects, but children destined to develop schizophrenia performed consistently poorer in sport and handcrafts during their early years” commented Cannon. Furthermore defects in things such as mental behavior, motor functions, and social behavior, which develop in the early years of a child’s life, could all be signs of a future schizophrenic. There have also been studies showing that schizophrenia could be linked to abnormalities and complications when a child is still i... ... middle of paper ... ...althy ones in order to eliminate the disease. Unlike other treatments, like medications, this would offer a permanent solution to curing a person’s schizophrenia forever (Cell transplants may help…). Schizophrenics who are diagnosed and show the prominent symptoms have various treatment options available to them. In order for schizophrenia to be completely cured it will take time and effort from both doctors who are willing to take part in such a controversial subject, and patients who seek the help that they desperately need. While symptoms like hearing voices and experiencing delusions dilute the mind of a schizophrenic, the possibilities for reduction, as well as cures for this restless disease, are endless. Various experiments using both antipsychotic drugs and stem cells will have to be conducted in order to advance in this ever changing field of the brain.

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