Nutty Vs. Insane: The Evolution Of Schizophrenia

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Kooky. Wacky. Nutty. Delirious. Insane. When people hear the phrase “mental disorder”, they normally associate it with one of the words mentioned above. Most people assume that a person with a mental disorder is crazy. However, that really is not the case. Mental disorders are actually fairly common. In fact, nearly everyone has psychological symptoms of some sort. Everybody has days that they are down. Everybody has something that makes them tick. Everybody has some sort of obsession. A normal behavior crosses the line to a disorder when it begins to affect yourself and the people around you. There is specific criteria that needs to be met in order to be diagnosed with a psychological disorder. This ensures that people are not diagnosed wrongly. …show more content…
Individuals may display a superior or patronizing manner along with either a formal, pompous quality, or an acute intensity in social interactions. Furthermore, the combination of persecutory and grandiose delusions with anger could potentially provoke violence in an individual. Some components that have been correlated with the evolution of schizophrenia are related to erratic brain chemistry, abnormal brain structures, and genetic factors. The paranoid type of schizophrenia is characterized by the presence of delusions, hallucinations, or both. However, people with paranoid schizophrenia show virtually no cognitive impairment, disorganized behavior, or negative symptoms. Instead well-organized delusions of persecution or grandeur are operating. Auditory hallucinations in the form of voices talking about the delusional ideas are also often evident. (BOOK)
Delusions with themes such as somatization, jealousy, and religiosity may also
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According to the DSM-IV, because of variability in definition and ascertainment, and accurate summary of the long-term outcome of schizophrenia is not possible. The most common median age for onset is mid twenties for men and late twenties for women. The majority of people show some kind of early stage of the disorder with an array of signs and symptoms such as loss of interest in school or work, outbursts of anger, social withdrawal, a decline in hygiene and grooming, and other unusual behavior. Some individuals exhibit periods of remission whereas others remain chronically ill for the rest of their lives. Those who remain ill either have a relatively stable course or a progressively worsening course. A return to full premorbid functioning is not common in this disorder.

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