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WHAT IS SCHIZOPHRENIA?

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Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that affects the brain. People with schizophrenia may hear voices that are not there. There are some people who are convinced that there are other people reading their minds, controlling how they think, or plotting against them. Other people who talk to someone that have schizophrenia may find it hard to make sense of what a person with schizophrenia is talking about. Other times a person with schizophrenia will sit still and not talk for hours, or they will seem completely fine until they start explaining what they are thinking. There is some sort of heritable genetic component to schizophrenia. This illness occurs in 1% of the general population, it occurs in 10% of people who have a parent, brother, sister who has schizophrenia. A person with an aunt, uncle, grandparent or cousin with the disease also develops schizophrenia more often than the general population. Identical twins of a person with schizophrenia have a higher risk of getting the disease. Schizophrenia commonly strikes between the ages 15 to 25 among men and 25 to 35 in women. The disorder develops slowly that the person with schizophrenia does not know he or she has it for a long time. A person with schizophrenia may show signs that others may notice before they notice themselves. A person with schizophrenia may seem without goals in their life, become eccentric and unmotivated, they may isolate themselves and remove themselves from family and friends. The warning signs to watch for are • Lack of motivation • Social isolation & withdrawal • Irrational, bizarre or questioning behavior or odd statements or beliefs • Increases paranoia or questioning others’ motivations • Becoming more emotionless • Hostility or suspi... ... middle of paper ... ...s are: Loss of motivation Drowsiness Feeling sedated Weight gain Sexual dysfunction Nervousness There is some non-pharmalogical that a person with schizophrenia can turn to, there is personal therapy which is designed to help patients with schizophrenia recognize and respond appropriately to arousing stimuli improves function and reduces relapse. There is ECT(electro-convulsive therapy) has a modest and definite role to play in the treatment of schizophrenia, despite the adverse publicity it has received. Animal assisted therapy helps the patient by encouraging mobility, interpersonal contact and communication and reinforced activities of daily living. Works Cited http://www.invegasustenna.com/symptoms-of-schizophrenia http://www.molbio.princeton.edu/courses/mb427/1999/projects/9902/genetics.htm http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=722
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