Characteristics Of Schizophrenia

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Before one can begin applying Schizophrenia in a real-world context, and how it affects both those that are victims of it and the people that interact with those diagnosed with the disorder, one must first be able to establish the characteristics of it. Although the cause of schizophrenia is not fully clear, there are a multitude of indicators that can help diagnose the individual. According to the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the main component of the disorder is the the issue of “psychosis,” which means a loss of touch with reality. The common symptoms also include hallucinations, delusions, disorganized speech and behavior, which lead to issues in self-care and general life functioning. However, …show more content…
These symptoms will either be hallucinations, which are sensory stimuli that they believe are real but are not present, or delusions, which are tricks of the mind (in other words, this is false beliefs that the individuals will maintain even though they is strong evidence disproving it).
Disorganized speech, which occurs when it is difficult to understood what the individual is saying
Extremely disorganized behavior, which is when the actions of the individual are tremendously unusual. An example of this would be catatonic behavior, which is defined as immobility or “remaining stuck” in weird positions.
Negative symptoms, which represent a lack or absence of something, which can vary from speech (alogia) to emotionality (affective
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Schizophrenia is one of the few disorders that does not have a common archetype. This can raise some concerns as there cannot be a “universal solution” to treating individuals with schizophrenia, besides the fact that the disease has no cure. This variety in possible symptoms can also make it difficult to diagnose and, in turn, control. According to MentalHealth.net, 1% of the United States population is comprised of individuals with schizophrenia; nonetheless, 1.2% of individuals suffer from this disorder (Nemade and Dombeck). This raises an important question: if that 0.2% of the population are not being treated or do not have the support system (e.g., family, friends, psychiatrists) to help them cope with the disorder and help lead healthy lives, could it lead to unconventional forms of coping with the disorder and illegitimate responses when interacting in society? Criminal

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