What is schizophrenia and how does it affect people?
What is it?
Schizophrenia is a severe brain disorder in which individuals interpret reality abnormally. Some of the symptoms include hallucinations, delusions, disorganized thinking/speech, and catatonia. There are three types of schizophrenia:
disorganized: have a lack of emotion and disorganized speech
catatonic: have "waxy" flexibility, reduced movement, and rigid posture
paranoid: have strong delusions and/or hallucinations
Contrary to popular belief, schizophrenics do not have multiple personalities. They often have visual and auditory hallucinations, such as hearing voices or seeing things that are not really there.
How does schizophrenia impact the central nervous system?
How does schizophrenia impact the endocrine system?
- Schizophrenia costs around $32.5 billion per year in the United States.
- Schizophrenia means "split-mind", but people with the disorder do not have split personalities; the term refers to an individuals split off of reality.