Schizophrenia is a severe, chronic, and often disabling brain disease. While the term Schizophrenia literally means, "split mind," it should not be confused with a "split," or multiple, personality. It is more accurately described as a psychosis -- a type of illness that causes severe mental disturbances that disrupt normal thought, speech, and behavior. The first signs of schizophrenia usually appear as shocking or radical changes in behavior. Others may have severe psychotic symptoms listed above.
They may also make up words or phrases, change topic rapidly, or unnecessarily rhyme words. Catatonic schizophrenia is categorized as someone having trouble with moving, refusing to move, excessive movement, bizarre movements, and/or repetition of what others say or do. Residual schizophrenia is classified as when the patient suffered from symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, catatonic behavior, disorganized behavior, or disorganized speech, but the severity of these symptoms has diminished. Symptoms such as limited verbal expression, loss of initiative, or little to no expression of emotions are now prominent. Undifferentiated schizophrenia is known as when a patient encounters episodes wi... ... middle of paper ... ...bout this brain disorder can help the patient understand it better which helps them surpass their symptoms and understand how medication may be useful.
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.
The care-taker wishes to form a productive emotional bond but at the same time seeks to lessen the person’s anxiety. The schizophrenic person, who moves toward emotional closeness, will eventually increase anxiety. The dopamine theory of schizophrenia is based on the action of the neuroleptic drugs, better known as antipsychotic drugs. Neuroleptics are the drugs of choice for treating the symptoms of schizophrenia. The neuroleptics are believed to block the dopamine receptors in the brain, limiting the activity of dopamine and reducing the symptoms of schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disease. People with schizophrenia often suffer terrifying symptoms such as hearing internal voices not heard by others, or believing that other people are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. Their symptoms can be grouped into three categories: positive symptoms, negative symptoms, psychomotor symptoms. Positive symptoms of schizophrenia include delusions, illusions, disorganized thinking and speech, heightened perceptions and hallucinations, and inappropriate affect. Delusions are ideas that they believe frequently but have no basis in fact.
Hallucinations, usually the same ones over and over, take control of a person and leave them feeling victimized. Delusions are also a very common positive symptom of schizophrenia. Delusions are false believes or misinterpretations of events and their significance. For instance, a person with schizophrenia could ac... ... middle of paper ... ...e undifferentiated and residual. Undifferentiated is when they have many symptoms that do not fall into a sub category of schizophrenia, and residual is when the main symptoms of the illness have abated but some features, such as hallucinations and flat affect, may remain.
Moreover, people who develop the disorder seem to be disengaged from the common things in our lives such as working a job and having a relationship with others. There are many reasons why schizophrenia is one of the most bizarre and disabling types of mental disorders. ` Schizophrenia is a chronic psychotic disorder that is characterized by different disturbing behaviors that individuals suffer from. The characterized different disturbing behaviors associated with the disorder are emotional, thought, and perceptions on certain aspects of life. Individuals that suffer from schizophrenia seem too disengaged from society and are not able to perform some of the normal functions of life.
Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a serious brain disorder. It is a disease that makes it difficult for a person to tell the difference between real and unreal experiences, to think logically, to have normal emotional responses to other, and to behave normally in social situations. People with schizophrenia may also have difficulty in remembering, talking, and behaving appropriately. Schizophrenia is one of the most common mental illnesses. About 1% of the world population has schizophrenia.
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.
Those who have this disorder go through variations of abnormal activities. Schizophrenia is a disorder that damages the brain. People with schizophrenia sometimes hear voices that others may not hear. They are truly convinced that they hear these voices as well. Schizophrenias may also think that other people have control over them when it comes to knowing what thoughts run through the mind and they believe that those people will bring harm to their lives (NIMH-Schizophrenia).