Schizophrenia Essays

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The term “schizophrenia” is less than one hundred years old but the disease was first recognized by Dr. Emile Kraeplin in 1887. Although being identified in 1887, schizophrenia has been around since the existence of man. Writings from ancient Egypt, known as the Book of Hearts, reveal that schizophrenia, along with other mental disorders such as depression, were common in that time and they had their own methods of treatment. However, these treatments were often extreme and deadly to the patients; one practice actually being to drill holes into the patient’s skull in the hopes of releasing the demons possessing that individual. But today, we have developed actual methods of treating these mental illnesses through years of research …show more content…
The most common cause in relapse of patients is that they stop taking their medication because they feel better or because they don’t believe they have schizophrenia. Only upon their own realization, can they help themselves but that would mean they have to accept that their perceptions of reality are wrong, and that sadly enough is close to impossible. The symptoms of schizophrenia are classified as positive symptoms, negative symptoms, and cognitive deficits. Positive symptoms include hallucinations, delusions, thought fragmentation, and abnormal body movement. Hallucinations are sensory experiences where the individual might actually hear voices and in some cases visualize things that aren’t there. Delusions are beliefs that one is someone that they’re not, such as a prophet, or a historical figure. It could also be that the individual believes someone is out to get them. Thought fragmentation, put simply, is the inability to organize thoughts in one’s mind and verbalize them. A sentence from a schizophrenic might sound something like this: Well, babe, help is out, happening, but where, when, up, top, side, you know, out of the way, sign off. They also tend to make words up. The final type of positive symptom is catatonia, or abnormal body movement, where the patient would remain in a state of immobility and be unresponsive. One negative symptom is known as the flat

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