Essay on Schizophrenia And Its Effects On Schizophrenia

1702 Words Oct 30th, 2016 7 Pages
Schizophrenia is more than a hundred years old and was discovered in 1877 by Dr. Emile Kraepelin. It is believe that this disorder has been with mankind for much longer however. There are written documents that describe behavior that is identified with Schizophrenia. All individuals with any mental disorder used to be categorized all together no matter what the disorder. Dr. Kraepelin was one of the first to classified mental disorders into different categories. Kraepelin named the disorder dementia praecox that meant early dementia. Eugen Bleuler changed the name to "schizophrenia" in 1911. He was also the one who brought to life the idea of there being a positive and negative symptoms. The evidence that schizophrenia is a biologically-based disease of the brain is more apparent than at first. Recently this evidence has also been supported with dynamic brain imaging systems that show very precisely the wave of tissue destruction that takes place in the brain that is suffering from schizophrenia.
What is epigenetic and how does it affect schizophrenia? Epigenetics is the study of heritable changes in gene expression that does not involve changes to the underlying DNA sequence. A change in phenotype without a change in genotype. Which in turn, affects how cells read the genes. In other words it is the study of how changes in gene expression are affected by environment and how these changes can affect the onset, development, and vulnerability to schizophrenia.…

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