Essay on Early Onset Schizophreni Symptoms And Hallucinations

1167 Words Apr 30th, 2016 5 Pages
Early Onset Schizophrenia Imagine living as a child in today’s world and being diagnosed with schizophrenia. An adolescent who cannot find reason in why the sky is blue or why ice cream is not for dinner, but having to understand why no one else hears the voices or sees the hallucinations. While diagnoses can be difficult, children are labeled with early onset schizophrenia everyday. According to Nevid, Jefrey S., Spencer A. Rathus, and Beverly Greene.
Schizophrenia is a mental illness “characterized by severely disturbed behavior, thinking, emotions, and perceptions” (p. 575). The most well-known symptoms of schizophrenia include delusions and hallucinations (Nevid, Jefrey S., Spencer A. Rathus, and Beverly Greene, 2014, p. 406). Delusions are deceptive beliefs, such as “being a God.” There are two types of hallucinations, visual and auditory. Auditory hallucinations are the most common and mostly refers to hearing voices (Nevid, Jefrey S., Spencer A. Rathus, and Beverly Greene, 2014, p. 406).
The key features of schizophrenia are grouped into two categories, positive and negative symptoms (Nevid, et al. 2014). Hallucinations and delusions are represented in the positive symptoms category (Nevid, et al. 2014). The negative symptoms are any symptoms that can affect a person’s life and functioning on a day to day basis (Nevid, et al. 2014). Antipsychotics are used to treat the positive symptoms by reducing dopamine activity in the brain (Nevid, et al. 2014). Due to the…

Related Documents