Symptoms And Treatment Of Schizophrenia Essay

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Imagine one’s mind listening to the little voices inside of their head, seeing sinister thoughts such as dead bodies lying everywhere or combining words to make meaningless phrases. It is not something that anyone should want to experience, but for some, it is an everyday occurrence. As found in Diseases and Disorders: Schizophrenia (2011), schizophrenia is described as, “a chronic, severe brain disorder that distorts the way sufferers think, feel, act, and perceive everyone and everything around them”. According to Nemade and Dombeck (2009), worldwide about 1 percent of the population is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and approximately 1.2% of Americans (3.2 million) have the disorder. Currently, there is no cure for schizophrenia, but there are ways to treat the disease, such as medications and therapy.
For many years, schizophrenia was thought of as someone having multiple personalities, or more than one person living in the same body. Common symptoms of this disease, both positive and negative, are delusions, hallucinations, social withdraw, and hearing voices inside of one’s head. Schizophrenia is a very difficult disease to diagnose because, “…it is important to be aware of the distinction between psychosis and schizophrenia…before doctors arrive at a diagnosis of schizophrenia, they must make a thorough psychiatric evaluation” (Miller & Mason, 2002). Once the evaluation is complete, then other diagnoses must be ruled out. Psychiatrists have given schizophrenia 5…

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