Essay about Symptoms And Treatments Of Schizophrenia

2076 Words Nov 28th, 2016 9 Pages
Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder that affects one percent of the population. When a family member or friend is diagnosed, it changes not only the patients life but the people close to him as well. It almost always affects almost all of the five senses, with the most common symptoms being hallucination, paranoia, with unorganized thought and speech processes. Schizophrenia, although uncommon, is a very serious disease with tragic effects, and there is very little treatment to help the schizophrenic feel he or she may have some control over everyday life. There are different reasons for this disorder to develop, as well as different effects and treatments available. Research shows that not a single issue alone causes schizophrenia but the combination of genetics, and early environment. There is not a laboratory test for schizophrenia (David and Buckley 3). Although research has shown that, “There are glimpses of how this might operate at an individual level, for example, through knowledge that people with certain genetic variants of the catechol-O-methyl transferase (COMT) gene (involved in the breakdown of dopamine) are more vulnerable to the manifestation of a schizoferniform psychosis if they consume cannabis” (David and Buckley 37). It is common for a patient to abuse cannabis or other drugs because they are born with a certain brain chemistry that reduces the ability to experience pleasure (38). A person with a dopamine deficiency will…

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