Essay on Case Study (Schizophrenia)

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Case Study (Schizophrenia)

Benny is 52 years old and has been working as a driver for a postal company for the past 28 years. He had a very cheerful and normal childhood, with sufficient caring from parents. He loves his parent very much. Benny has been unmarried his entire life. He reports that he has always been "nervous with the girls and such" and avoids making any significant social overtures with women. He meets his sexual needs matter of fact by visiting a prostitute on a regular basis. Benny has recently begun insisting that he is suffering from cirrhosis of the liver. Although medical tests have proven negative, he insists that he can feel the organ rotting inside of him. This thought seems to have developed after he
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It can also be defined as a severe disorder in which a person may suffer from disordered thinking, bizarre behavior, hallucinations, and is unable to distinguish between fantasy and reality. Though schizophrenia is a mental disorder, it still possesses various symptoms. First of all would be the occurrence of delusions and hallucinations. Delusion is a fixed false belief that is resistant to reason or confrontation with actual fact (Dictionary.com, 2009). It means that people suffering from such symptoms would not be able to accept the true fact, and would rather live in a lie. Hallucinations on the other hand, would be a sensory experience of something that does not exist outside the mind, caused by various physical and mental disorders, or by reaction to certain toxic substances, and usually manifested as visual or auditory images (Dictionary.com, 2009). Such as relating to Benny’s case, we can see that Benny actually thinks that he knows and sees the alien’s attack, and is even talking to the government about a counterattack through a spoilt phone. Furthermore, people suffering from schizophrenia may also suffer the flat effect, which means impaired emotional functioning (Gur, Kohler, Ragland, Siegel, Lesko, Bilker & Gur, 2006). According to Gur et al. (2006), flat affect was more common in men

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