Skizophrenia Essay

4885 Words Apr 10th, 2013 20 Pages
All the random changes in subjects and crazy ideas are typical to those who suffer from paranoid schizophrenia, a disorder that affects over 2 million Americans (Mayo Clinic, 1998). Often Leann hears voices and sees people who do not exist and that is how she gets all her ideas about her or others reading minds and telling the future.

Just how we, as "normal" people, view our world through our own perspective, people with schizophrenia, have their own perspective of reality. Schizophrenics live in a world that is distorted and often is filled with hallucinations, delusions and disordered thinking. People with schizophrenia often seem distant, or preoccupied, when engaged in conversation. However, schizophrenics also exhibit
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In the case of Residual Schizophrenia, "the person is not currently suffering from delusions, hallucinations, or disorganized speech and behavior, but lacks motivation and interest in day-to-day living"(ZYPREXA, 2004). Patients with Residual Schizophrenia often lack initiative and eventually show a worsening content of speech. They also display poor nonverbal communication, or body language, by showing hardly any facial expression, eye contact, a lack of any tone of voice or posture (World Health Organization [WHO], 1992).

People with Paranoid Schizophrenia "are very suspicious of others and often have grand schemes of persecution at the root of their behavior" (ZYPREXA, 2004). Paranoid schizophrenics have delusions of persecution, drastic bodily changes, feelings of having a special mission in life, and severe feelings of jealousy. Disorganized Schizophrenia, formerly called hebephrenia, is a case where the person is verbally incoherent and may have moods and emotions that are not appropriate to the situation (ZYPREXA, 2004). Disorganized Schizophrenics, according to 'Disorganized schizophrenia', have symptoms such as, "silliness, facial grimaces, and inconsequential rituals and has constantly changeable moods and poor hygiene." This type of schizophrenia is also apparent by the following signs: incoherence in cognition, speech, and behavior (Disorganized Schizophrenia, 2004).

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