Schizophrenia Essay

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When a person hears the term Schizophrenia, the first thought that comes to mind is "Crazy" or "Insanity." Often confused with Disassociate Identity Disorder (a.k.a. multiple personalities), Schizophrenia is a psychiatric disorder that is characterized by a wide variety of symptoms and the disorganization of thought processes and emotions. Although Schizophrenia is considered one of the most severe and frequent forms of mental disorders, scientists continue to search for a cure and new forms of treatment for this incurable disease whose causes are still unknown. Of all the functional psychoses, Schizophrenia is by far the most incapacitating and a devastating brain disease
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People diagnosed with Residual Schizophrenia often show minor signs of Schizophrenia following a more serious episode or event. Undifferentiated Schizophrenia is the most common form of Schizophrenia. Best used to describe an individual who shows an assortment of symptoms but do not cleary fit into one of the four other major types of Schizophrenia.

Positive-Symptom Schizophrenia (elements added to normal behaviour, such as delusions and hallucinations) and Negative-Symptom Schizophrenia (an absence of normal or desirable behaviours, such as communicative speech and emotional reactivity) are two recent additions to the categorization for distinguishping the types of Schizophrenia. Differentiating the two, proposes that underlying processes may help to explain where and how Schizophrenia is developed.

Schizophrenia affects a persons ability to "think straight" creating the inability to be able to sort out what is relevant and what is not relevant to a situation. The first signs of Schizophrenia often appear as confusing, or even shocking, changes in behavior. Major symptoms of Schizophrenia include irritability, withdrawl, indifference, loss of interest in personal appearance, loss of

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