There is slight evidence to linkage between celiac disease patients and schizophrenia patients. That might be because c... ... middle of paper ... ... child is Rh-negative. Rh incompatibility can lead to hemolytic disease, which can lead to schizophrenia. Rh incompatibility can also lead to birth complications, such as hypoxia, which also can lead to brain damage, which can obviously lead to schizophrenia. So, in conclusion, schizophrenia is a highly complex disease that is not understood completely by anyone, but the enzyme COMT is being studied, and is seen as having a large influence on the development of schizophrenia.
Grappling with Schizophrenia is scary and confusing. A certain relief may be experienced to learn the diagnostic label for this psychiatric illness. However, the moment is fleeting upon hearing there is no conventional medical cure for Schizophrenia. It is encouraging that some people have beaten the brain disorder. Others manage to control its debilitating symptoms and independently function in society.
Understanding the social dysfunction of schizophrenia helps in the refinement of psychosocial therapy. The ability of people with schizophrenia to give a coherent account of their lives is severely impaired. The disruption in their stories could be due to an organically based process that limits their interest in the external world or affects their ability to m... ... middle of paper ... ...berg, R.W., Rollins, A.L., &Lehman, A.F., (2003). Social network correlates among people with psychiatric disabilities. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 26 (4), 396.
Introduction to Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder that “disrupts the function of multiple brain systems, resulting in impaired social and occupational functioning” (Lewis & Sweet, 2009, pg. 706). Lewis (2009) suggests these functions usually consist of the confluence of disturbance in perception, attention, volition, fluency and production of language, recognition and expression of emotion, and capacity for pleasure. Schizophrenia has calamitous effects on people, and such devastating illness afflicts “0.5%-1% of the world’s population” (Lewis & Sweet, 2009, pg. 706).
The term schizophrenia means “split mind,” but it should be noted that this does not mean that the person has dissociative identity disorder. Bleuler, who coined the term, merely meant that the sufferers have a split or disconnection in certain functions, such as emotion, language, or thinking. (Passer and Smith, 2004, 534) The following definition of schizophrenia is offered: Schizophrenia is a lifelong disabling psychiatric disorder that often begins in late adolescence or early adulthood. It is characterized by severe and variable symptoms, including positive and negative symptoms, cognitive deficits and depressive symptoms. (Lublin, Eberhard and Levander, 2005, 183) Diagnosis of schizophrenia may be made when the patient shows that he or she “misinterprets reality and exhibits disorder attention, thought, or perception.” (Passer and Smith, 2004, 534) Moreover, the person commonly has delusions, which have been defined as follows: Delusions are false beliefs that are sustained in the face of evidence that normally w... ... middle of paper ... ...research has certainly shown that it is less efficacious than drug therapy.
Positive symptoms include hallucinations, delusions, and other unusual or disorganized behavior. Unresponsiveness, lack of activity, and loss of interest characterize negative symptoms. Though it is possible for doctors to diagnose and treat patients with schizophrenia, the causes of schizophrenia are still unknown. Much research has been done to further the understanding of the disorder, yet it seems that the causes of schizophrenia are still under debate. (1) According to recent research there are several things that can cause schizophrenia.
People with these symptoms may also lack the motivation to begin or maintain planned activities and lack the ability to feel pleasure. This person will also need assistance with everyday tasks such a... ... middle of paper ... ...tion. Studies show that there is a link between health status and family relationships and its influence to the weakness, adjustment, and recovery of a schizophrenia patient. Social factors such as social deprivation, poverty, ethnicity and immigration have been linked to causing schizophrenia. Research done in the 1980s and 1990s stated that there were high rates of schizophrenia in the Afro-Caribbean community in Britain.
Our brain organizes each situation into a format that makes sense to our schemata. So what happens when one's train of thought is fragmented and one's brain is unable to organize these fragments into a comprehensible pattern? Imagine if at times, your experiences become a slide show, fragments of experiences that do not come together. This is, in fact, how many people suffering from schizophrenia describe their experiences (1). Have you ever had an experience or a vision that just does not make sense?
Negative symptoms of schizophrenia include affective flattening, which is a reduction in the range and intensity of emotional expressions, Alogia categorized by a lessening of speech fluency and productivity, and Avolition, which is the reduction, or difficulty to initiate and persist in goal directed behavior. Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness, and although there is no known cure there are several drugs that can be administered to those suffering from the illness to reduce the severity of the symptoms, or to hopefully get rid of all of the s... ... middle of paper ... ...perdal. (2003). Retrieved February 19, 2005, from http://www.drugresourcecenter.com/risperdal/risperdal.htm Jannsen.com, . Risperdal.
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. There are a number of theories of how schizophrenia is caused but there is no one knows a true answer of how it comes about. Research so far says that people inherit a genetic venerability to schizophrenia others say that it is because by an unbalanced amount of chemicals in the brain that causes the inability to maintain mental health. Most symptoms are believed to be caused by an abnormal amount of stress in the persons life, but one thing truly positive about the illness is that a person with it is capable of living a close to normal life, that is with the proper treatment and medications.