Culture and Schizophrenia Essay

1186 Words Sep 1st, 2011 5 Pages
Culture and Schizophrenia

Childhood schizophrenia is one of several types of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a chronic psychological disorder that affects a person’s psychosis. Childhood schizophrenia is similar to adult schizophrenia, but it occurs earlier in life and has a profound impact on the attitude, behavior, and life. The child with schizophrenia may experience strange thoughts, strange feelings, and abnormal behaviors. Childhood schizophrenia is rare and difficult to diagnose in early phases.

Childhood schizophrenia makes the child lose touch with reality (psychosis). When the child loses psychosis he or she may have one or all of the following signs and symptoms of
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There is no mode for schizophrenia’s transmission. Schizophrenia is not a communicable disease. There is no current methods in place to control the spread of the disease because the cause is unknown. Schizophrenia is treatable through medication or alternative treatment that includes individual therapy, family therapy, or specialized programs (school, activities, etc.). Currently in childhood schizophrenia the Food and Drug Administration approved Risperdal and Abilify for treatment of those aged 13-17. The affect of the alternative treatments depends on the severity of the case. In some cases the child can lead a normal active life without medication. In the more severe cases the child will need to use alternative treatments and medication to help with the symptoms and problems identified above. Social and cultural influences play a factor in schizophrenia of children because the parents and other people have a difficult time accepting that a child has schizophrenia. In Americas culture schizophrenia is a mysterious and often misunderstood illness. “Contrary to popular belief, schizophrenia is not a split personality” (WebMD, 2011). “The term schizophrenia was invented at the turn of the century and in, the early decades of the 20th century, it was assumed to be associated with genius

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