Schizophrenia Research Paper

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Research Paper III I chose to write my research paper over Schizophrenia. It is a psychological disorder that I have always found fascinating. It is a serious disorder that consumes a person's life and is nearly impossible to control. In this paper, I will talk about the definition of Schizophrenia, the diagnosis of Schizophrenia, Schizophrenia in children, suicide, sexually related characteristics of the disease, sleep disorders caused by the disease, differences in the disease on different ethnicities, and insensitivity to pain. Schizophrenia is a disorder that is characterized by a broken thought process and poor emotional responses. Typical symptoms of this disorder include delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, social dysfunctions, …show more content…
It is not surprising to me that the symptoms of this disorder may lead to someone contemplating suicide. These symptoms can be a huge burden and suicide may seem to be the only escape. A study found that many people with Schizophrenia that commit suicide do so at times of inpatient care, especially young adult males. Although often overlooked, it is not surprising that Schizophrenia may lead to changed sexually related characteristics. Based on a study conducted on adults ages 18 to 39 in Canada, Schizophrenia may lead to sexual disorders in both males and females. Common dysfunctions include less sexual desire, inability to ejaculate, and problems with sexual arousal. I do believe there is a problem with this study, however. It is a possibility that these sexual disorders may be side effects of the medication used to treat Schizophrenia. Another thing that is significantly affected by Schizophrenia is sleep. A study performed on 321 untreated patients diagnosed with Schizophrenia and 331 healthy subjects showed that patients with Schizophrenia have an increased sleep latency, which is the time it takes to transition from full wakefulness to sleep, decreased total sleep time, and decreased Stage 2 sleep time. Since the patients were untreated, I find this study to be much more trustworthy than the study about sexual characteristics in Schizophrenia, since drugs are not a factor. A study has lead me to believe that cultural background plays an important role in how

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