Essay on Schizophrenia

1551 Words May 14th, 2012 7 Pages
Undifferentiated Schizophrenia/Sally
Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness. That often features bizarre behaviors that severely disrupt and reduce normal human functioning in the lives of the schizophrenic and the schizophrenic's family. People who suffer from schizophrenia, often have problems adequately performing in society, at school, work, and in relationships. One of the five subtypes of schizophrenia is differentiated schizophrenia: “Does not meet the criteria for paranoid, disorganized, or catatonic subtypes. However, patient does have one or more of the following symptoms: Delusions, Hallucinations, Extremely disorganized behavior, Catatonic behavior, and negative symptoms” (The Internet Mental Health Initiative [MHI], 2010,
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Although Sally was above average in intelligence, her thought processes were, “as one teacher put it, just a little bit off” (Meyer, Chapman, & Weaver, 2009, p. 3).
Her mother's overprotective, intrusive behavior, along with Sally's occasionally strange behaviors, kept Sally from making any long-term friendships and out of social activities. Furthermore, the longer Sally lacked a social life, the stranger her behaviors became, which socially only distanced her further.
Shortly after graduating from high school Sally boarded at a nearby college. However, the new environment and the social stimulation were too much for her to handle. She started talking to herself until one afternoon a counselor found her on the floor limp and unresponsive; she resembles a plastic doll.
“Sally was in a withdrawn catatonic state, marked by a condition referred to as waxy flexibility" (Meyer et al., 2009, p. 3). After a brief hospital stay she tried to return to school, but she was unsuccessful because of her will to isolate herself from others; she repeatedly skipped classes. Her mother took her back home where her bizarre behaviors intensified. “At one point, showing a pattern of almost total unresponsive behavior, interrupted occasionally by periods and giggles and rocking behavior, traditionally termed a hebephrenic pattern" (Meyer et al., 2009, p. 3).
After returning to the hospital, she ended up back home, and did not participate in the outpatient program her doctors recommended.

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