Essay on `` Hearts `` : A Medical Journal Of The Egyptians

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Schizophrenia has been around for many years, the word itself is about 100 years old. There have been written documents traced all the way back to Egypt and its Pharaonic Era. Symptoms such as dementia and depression have been found in the Book of Hearts, which is a chapter in the Ebers Papyrus, a medical journal of the Egyptians. During the Pharaonic Era, the symptoms were much harder to understand than they are today. The population may have had an awareness of psychotic behaviors, there wasn’t any kind of condition that would meet today’s criteria of schizophrenia. When psychotic behavior was first introduced, most of the symptoms were treated. It was thought that mental disorders were caused by evil possessing the body. People who had this theory thought that the right treatment was to perform exorcisms ranging anywhere from listening to music to drilling holes in the individuals’ skull. Schizophrenia has been around for hundreds or maybe even thousands of years. The way it was recognized, diagnosed, and treated was very different even fifty years ago compared to today. Although we know much more about this disorder than we have in the past, there is still much that we do not know or understand.
Schizophrenia, was not identified as a mental disorder until 1887, when a German physician by the name of Emile Kraepelin put the symptoms to the disorder. At the time it was called it “dementia praecox”. Kraepelin believed that the disorder took place in the brain and was an…

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