A brain disorde which people interpret reality abnormally

What is it?

Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder that has affected many people throughout history.Schizophrenia involves a range of problems with thinking, behavior or emotions. Our brain consists of billions of nerve cells. Each nerve cell has branches that give out and receive messages from other nerve cells. The ending of these nerve cells release neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters carry messages from the endings of one nerve cell to the nerve cell body of another. In the brain of a person who has schizophrenia, this messaging system does not work properly.

What are the effects of Schizophrenia?

Individuals with schizophrenia may hear voices that are not there. Some may be convinced that others are reading their minds, controlling how they think, or plotting against them. This can distress patients severely and persistently, making them withdrawn and frantic.Others may find it hard to make sense of what a person with schizophrenia is talking about. In some cases, the individual may spend hours completely still, without talking. On other occasions he or she may seem fine, until they start explaining what they are truly thinking. Schizophrenia effects way more then just the person with the disease. schizophrenia does not only affect the person with the disorder. Families, friends and society are affected too. A sizable proportion of people with schizophrenia have to rely on others, because they are unable to hold a job or care for themselves.

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What are the symptoms of Schizophrenia?

Symptoms of Schizophrenia include:

  • Positive symptoms also known as psychotic symptoms
  • Negative symptoms also know as what is being taken away from the individual
  • Cognitive symptoms also known as the symptoms within the person's thought process
  • Emotional symptoms, the symptoms within the person's feelings

Major symptoms include:

  • Delusions, the patient has false beliefs
  • Hallucinations, hearing voices is much more common than seeing, feeling, tasting, or smelling things which are not there, but seem very real to the patient.
  • Thought disorder, the person may jump from one topic to another for no logical reason

Other symptoms, not very common but some patients experience them.

  • Lack of motivation
  • Poor expression of emotions
  • Social withdrawal
  • Unaware of illness
  • Cognitive difficulties

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Are there cures and or treatment options for a Schizophrenia patient?

There is no cure for Schizophrenia but treatment is often said to help.Treatment is usually lifelong and often involves a combination of medications and psychological and social therapy. Since, Schizophrenia is so complex and in a very complex part of the brain, it can often not be treated with only one medication, it often needs many. Most of the medications used are antipsychotics. Most people need psychotherapy, support groups and family therapy. 1 in every 100 people in the world, have Schizophrenia. Despite the myths and what people say, Schizophrenia is not rare and the patients are not dangerous.

Local facilities that offer what Schizophrenic patients need.

  • Thriveworks Counseling - Charlotte
447 South Sharon Amity Rd 250 Charlotte, North Carolina 28211

  • CooperRiis Healing Community

101 Healing Farm Lane Mill Spring, North Carolina 28756

  • Lifescapes Counseling Associates, PLLC

800 West Williams St. Suite 251 Apex, North Carolina 27502

  • Carolina Outreach, LLC

2670 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd Durham, North Carolina 27707

  • Inner Peace Psychological Services And Integrative Wellness Center

102 Towerview Court Cary, North Carolina 27513

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