Schizophrenia: Different Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Methods Schizophrenia is a potentially debilitating condition that can affect one emotionally, mentally, and physically. The condition has been the topic of many conversations, studies, as well as on the minds of those suffering from the condition, and those who know someone suffering from schizophrenia. One of the most debilitating conditions, schizophrenia is comprised of 1% of the US population, yet is one of the most costly conditions in the United States (Velligan, Alphs 24). Schizophrenia, a mental disorder that is often misunderstood, has a wide range of symptoms, causes, and includes different forms of treatment depending on the individual. Schizophrenia has a number of different signs and symptoms varying from person-to-person.
Different Aspects of Schizophrenia The devastating mental illness of Schizophrenia is a major concern of modern medicine. Schizophrenia associates any one person with multiple problems. These problems include delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized behavior (Long 1999). The illness is a disease of the brain that is explained clinically as, disease of the mind, a simple explanation given by Nancy Andreasen (1999). It is important to understand that there are different types of this mental illness as well.
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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. Causes Schizophrenia just like every other mental disorder does not have a specific know cause for it and its widely unknown to all medical researchers.
The paper will discuss the schizophrenia disorder in detail, causes, risk, signs & symptoms, and treatments of it. Discussion Details about the disorder Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder that has disturbed people all through the history. Individuals who have this disorder might hear voices that people who do not have this disorder might hear. The former assumes that other people are reading their minds, monitoring their views, or conspiring to hurt them (Lehman, Lieberman, Dixon, McGlashan, Miller, Perkins, & Kreyenbuhl, 2004). This can frighten people with the disease and make them reserved or tremendously nervous.
It is because of this that many think that schizophrenia is an illness of split personalities but in fact it most schizophrenics are often too disordered to carry out double lives. The true origin and/or reason for the development of schizophrenia is till this day uncertain but scientists are certain that there is more than one cause for the development of schizophrenia. Many explanations have risen for the cause of schizophrenia; one states that brain abnormalities and chemicals in the brain contribute to the development of schizophrenia (Hemmings, 1989), while another argues that a person 's environment and early experiences within relationships causes schizophrenia (Faraone, 1997). Schizophrenia is one of the most severe psychopathologies and from a study done in Finland it was determined that the lifetime prevalence of all psychotic disorders exceeds 3%, with a prevalence for schizophrenia of 0.87% (Davison 327). Schizophrenia sometimes begins in childhood but it usually is more apparent in late adolescent, ages 15 – 25, and sometimes it is more visible in men than in women.
People all over the world suffer from this dreadful disease, but you may be wondering what it is, what causes it, and if there are treatments? All these questions and more with be answered, but first of all, what is schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by irrational thought processes. A person dealing with this debilitating illness may think that people are going to kill them, or kidnap them. Some Schizophrenics often have “voices” in their heads telling them what to do.
Mental illness ranges anywhere from extremely mild cases to some of the more severe illness such as schizophrenia (Brown, Kaylene; Bradley, Loretta J. 2002). Schizophrenia is a mental illness, which affects one percent of the American population. It is a severe mental illness that affects the brain. For many people schizophrenia is debilitating it is known to prevent an individual from being able to have a normal life (Koch, J.
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.