Symptoms And Symptoms Of Schizophrenia Essay

1852 Words Nov 23rd, 2016 8 Pages
According to House (2016) Schizophrenia is: “A serious, complex illness that interferes with a person’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, relate to others, and tell the difference between what is real and not real” (http://www.rtor.org/schizophrenia). People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality. Although schizophrenia is not as common as other mental disorders, the symptoms can be very disabling. The causes are uncertain, although it is thought that genes and brain chemistry play a role.
According to The National Institute of Mental Health (2016) “symptoms of schizophrenia usually start between ages 16 and 30. In rare cases, children have schizophrenia too. The symptoms of schizophrenia fall into three categories: positive, negative, and cognitive” (https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/schizophrenia/index.shtml). As listed by Chronic Survivors (2016) positive symptoms of schizophrenia are psychotic behaviors that are not normally seen in healthy people. Such symptoms included; hallucinations, delusions, thought disorders (uncommon ways of thinking), and movement disorders (agitated body movement). Negative symptoms are usually associated with disruptions to normal behavior and emotions such as, reduced speaking, difficulty starting and sustaining activities, and reduced feelings of pleasure in everyday life. Not for all but for some, the cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia are subtle. For others, they are more severe and may…

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