Causes of the Schizophrenic Mind Essay

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Schizophrenia is one of the most misdiagnosed illnesses of all time. Its characteristics of identification – hallucinations, delusions, lack of body control, etc. - often cause it to be identified as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Doctors and scientists still debate the major cause of schizophrenia. Through research it is carefully observed that genetic factors play a larger role in the cause of schizophrenia than environmental factors. Individuals with schizophrenia are required to have MRIs or CT scans due to the theory that schizophrenia may stem from a physical abnormality in the brain. MRIs and CT scans of schizophrenic patients have seen enlarged ventricles which results in the loss of brain cells. …show more content…
Each of the four identical sisters was diagnosed with schizophrenia at different psychological stages. The father of the four had a long history of schizophrenia throughout his family. His mother, the girls’ grandmother, had a three year long, nervous breakdown in her late teens and threatened suicide and homicide in her later years of life. One of Mr. Genain’s brothers had reported hearing voices as well as another brother who raped his 13-year-old daughter, suggesting a psychological disorder. Mr. Genain himself also showed signs of a mental disorder. He often forced his daughters to have lunch with him at the same time everyday well into their 20’s. Furthermore, Mr. Genain would not allow his daughter to visit or be visited by any friends. (Rosenhal 3.) Some doctors and scientists argue that environmental factors are more of a cause of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia has been connected to drug abuse, especially nicotine. (Spearing 4) The craving for nicotine is a natural bodily instinct, it is just a matter of if one is willing to satisfy that craving. As quoted by Melissa K. Spearing, “While the population of smoking in the U.S population is about 25 to 30 percent, the prevalence among people with schizophrenia is approximately three times as high”. Through research it is evident that the relationship between smoking and schizophrenia is very intricate. Patients with schizophrenia may

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