Essay on Symptoms And Treatment Of Schizophrenia

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“There was going to be a nuclear holocaust that would break up the continental plates, and the oceans would evaporate from the lava.” (Chovil). This is a first-hand account from Ian Chovil, a schizophrenic, before receiving any type of treatment. Chovil believed in this, along with the belief that he “was a pawn in a secret war” and that he “was in contact with aliens from the future”. He was diagnosed with this chronic disorder when he was seventeen years old.
Schizophrenia is a chronic disorder that requires lifelong treatment (Mayo Clinic Staff); even though schizophrenia is often times a debilitating disorder, experts and researchers still don’t thoroughly understand it. Most people understand it even less. Often times schizophrenia is thought to be a split or multiple personality disorder when it is in fact not (Mayo Clinic Staff). This belief may have developed because the word “schizophrenia” actually means “split mind”. The “split mind” refers not to a split personality but to the “disruption of the usual balance of emotions and thinking” (Mayo Clinic Staff). As time goes on experts have improved their knowledge and definition of this disorder. They keep a universal working definition in the DSM-V, which stands for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition. In the past the DSM listed five different subtypes of schizophrenia. The five types were paranoid, disorganized, catatonic, undifferentiated, and residual. Each subtype included…

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