Symptoms And Symptoms Of Schizophrenia Essay examples

1620 Words Nov 30th, 2016 7 Pages
Schizophrenia is a disorder in which individuals are disconnected from reality, and psychosis may be manifested in either positive or negative symptoms (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Positive symptoms include hallucinations (e.g. auditory and visual), delusions and disorganized speech and thought; meanwhile, negative symptoms include reduced affect, and catatonia (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). During the internship at Lenox Hill Hospital’s psychiatric unit, I was able to observe a number of acute schizophrenic patients—these individuals recently relapsed, and were experiencing psychosis. Many of the patients experienced hallucinations, mainly auditory, and delusions. For example, some patients would often giggle to themselves as if to respond to a stimulus that was only perceptible by them; however, one patient, Bob*, would often panic at the manifestation of these voices in his head, and he would often yell for the voices to leave him alone. In regard to delusions, most of the patients exhibited delusions of grandeur; the patients believed that they had accomplished amazing feats, such as having written the lyrics of a famous song or becoming an attorney general at the mere age of 18. Regardless of the symptoms exhibited, all schizophrenic patients are required to maintain intake of antipsychotic medications. Fortunately, as pharmacotherapy has improved, recent antipsychotic medications (e.g. atypical antipsychotics) account for and reduce both…

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