Schizophrenia- Mental Disorder

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It was in the middle of his sophomore year when Ron Oelberg, my uncle, had the mental breakdown that forever changed his life. On an early, extremely cold winter morning in northern Iowa, Ron walked out of the farm house in only his underwear, through the large cornfield, and down to the Yellow River that was frozen over with a thin layer of ice. Luckily, his parents caught him in time before he had fallen through the thin ice. Ron was soon rushed to a mental institution where he was observed by psychiatrists that later diagnosed him with disorganized schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a severe chronic mental disorder that causes people to live in an alternate “universe” inside of his or her head. There are different types of schizophrenia that have different symptoms from one another and different causes of the disorder, but thankfully there are medicines that can help ease some of the symptoms.
Schizophrenia is defined as a “group of severe mental disorders characterized by reality distortions resulting in unusual thought patterns and behaviors,” according to the online article “ “Schizophrenia,” written by W.F. Gattaz in “Schizophrenia.” Schizophrenia is often confused with multiple personality disorder, but that is a completely different disorder. It is different because multiple personality is where the person acquires multiple personalities, but in schizophrenia, the person is living in a different reality in his head. Many people with schizophrenia experience delusions, hallucinations, uncontrolled laughing, and disordered thinking and behavior (Gattaz).
Although the causes are yet unknown, the online article “Schizophrenia,” written by The National Institute of Mental Health, claims that “scientists have long known that sc...

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...e causes of schizophrenia, hopefully with research, time, and dedication, there will be more of an understanding to what these people are going through and hopefully a cure to this awful illness.

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