Schizophrenia in the media is depicted with a negative light; it creates a deception of a mad and horrifying patient. The schizophrenic portrayed is one who resembles a psychopath, a killer and ultimately a bad person. This is not the case in real life. A Schizophrenic is simply a patient with a mental illness that has its symptoms, causes and treatments. The goal of this essay is to inform others about what Schizophrenia really is by giving light to The causes of schizophrenia, how people with schizophrenia perceive reality, have trouble managing emotions and relating to others. The hardships that it causes the individual and family alike and what the road to recovery is like. Just like many others I approached the topic of schizophrenia knowing very little but with the desire to learn more about it.
What is Schizophrenia?
In an article by Smith and Segal (2014) it is stated that “Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that affects the way a person acts, thinks, and sees the world.” Individuals with schizophrenia have a hard time determining what is real and what is not and this is due to the fact that they are usually affected by hallucinations. People with schizophrenia tend to see and hear things that are not there in real life but that appear real to them. They suffer from extreme distrust in people and usually believe that everyone is out to hurt them. This physiological damage makes it extremely difficult to carry out an ordinary life due to the loss to determine what reality is and what is imaginary.
Schizophrenia just like every other mental disorder does not have a specific know cause for it and its widely unknown to all medical researchers. A lot of theories exist as to why an individual suffers f...
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...the first year out of hospital. Supportive family therapy can reduce this rate by 10%." This shows how important it is for families to help and be supportive to the patient. Once again, medication helps but therapy is a great part of the treatment process as well.
When I started my research about schizophrenia the only thing I knew about it was that my uncle had suffered from this mental disorder and had ultimately died from it. In the process of researching this topic it helped me understand a lot about the way my uncle saw the world. I now know that for a person with schizophrenia the most normal of situations can be anything but normal. It is hard for them to keep up with the real world when they are trying to distinguish what is real and what their minds are making up. People with schizophrenia need support and patience to be able to overcome the