Schizophrenia

Causes, symptoms, treatments, etc...

Thesis

Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder with an unknown cause and many different symptoms.

Positive Symptoms

  • Losing touch with reality
  • Hallucinations- Voices are most common
  • Delusions-False beliefs, paranoid thoughts
  • Thought Disorders- Disorganized thinking, trouble talking and focusing
  • Movement Disorders- Agitated and twitchy

Negative Symptoms

  • Flat, dull facial expressions
  • Lack of pleasure in life
  • Can't follow through with plans/activities
  • Minimal speaking

Cognative Symptoms

  • Can't understand and use information to make decisions
  • Trouble focusing and paying attention
  • Bad Memory

Treatments

Treatments for this disease include antipsychotic medications and various psychosocial

There are two types of medications "typical" and "atypical"
Typical

  • Chlorpromazine
  • Haloperidol
  • Perphenazine
  • Fluphenzine

Atypical

In the 1990's antipsychotic medications were developed and the name of the new medication was called "atypical"

  • Risperidone
  • Olanzapine
  • Quetiapine
  • Ziprasidone
  • Aripiprazole
  • Paliperdone

Causes are still unknown

Side Affects of these medications

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness when changing positions
  • Blurred vision
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Sensitivity to the sun
  • Skin ashes
  • Menstrual Problems for women