Tragic Effects Of Schizophrenia

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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 …show more content…
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 appear psychotic after the use of cannibis (38). Cannibis alone will not cause schizophrenia but with predetermined factors that make he or she susceptible, cannibis can contribute to the onset of schizophrenia (38). (SPD) or schizotypal personality disorder, is common among family members or relatives of a schizophrenic (39). This is a disorder in which social awkwardness and withdraw along with odd thinking patterns are present (39). Schizophrenia may also develop in anyone without a previous family connection to this disorder. If a first degree relative is diagnosed with a previous history of schizophrenia the chances of acquiring this disorder rises to 10 percent. This is increased by 2.6 percent when a first degree relative has been diagnosed with a form of a mental disorder such as psychosis (Gilmore 8). Maternal complications are thought to contribute to the onset of the schizophrenia if the women baring the child has had relatives diagnosed (Gilmore 8). From …show more content…
The caregivers of those diagnosed with schizophrenia may have trouble with the bizarre false beliefs or delusions of the affected as well as shame, embarrassment, feelings of guilt, and self-blame (Awad and Lakshmi 151). It affects the family’s social structure drastically also. Support by family is stressed when there is a lack of progress in the patient. Patients suffering may experience uncontrollable rage toward loved ones contributing to the entire family chaotic drama (Awad and Lakshmi 152). Studies show a decline in house hold chores and the need for economical support. Parents, often blame themselves, driving them into depression (Awad and Lakshmi 151). Stress, coupled with depression can cause a genre of problems nestled within the patients family network already having a loved one suffering with schizophrenia illness. There is a study that states, “a study by Mandelbrote and Folkard provided data to indicate that fifty five percent of families of patients with schizophrenia were disturbed and restricted by the presence of the patient at home” (Awad and Lakshmi 153). This is often referred to as the burden of care. Eighty-five percent diagnosed with schizophrenia will attempt suicide and ten-percent will succeed. Not every person diagnosed will have each of these symptoms, this it is up to the patient, medical

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