By: Presleigh and Senuri
What is Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder, it has affected people throughout history. People with this disorder may her voices other people don't hear, and believe other people are reading their minds and controlling their thoughts. They may not make sense when they talk and can also sit for hours without talking. This can terrify people with the illness and make them withdrawn or extremely agitated.
Schizophrenia - 40%
ages 65 and older - 8%
ages 50-64 - 48%
ages 35-49 - 30%
ages 35 and under - 14%
Normal vs. Schizophrenia Brain
A person having Schizophrenia their brain is a little smaller than a normal working brain.
Signs and Symptoms
People with schizophrenia may experience;
- Hallucination- A person sees hears smells or feels things that no one else can see hear smell or feel.
- Delusions- False beliefs that are not part of the persons culture and do not change.
- Thought disorders- unusual or dysfunctional ways of thinking.
- Flat affect- When a persons face does not move or he or she talks in a dull voice.
- Unable to do day to day activities.
- Trouble focusing or pay attention
- Problems with working memory
Meet Mark, Mark has schizophrenia
Here are some of the treatments:
- Illness management skills - People with Schizophrenia can take an active role in managing their own illness after they learn the basic facts about schizophrenia and its treatments.
- Rehabilitation - emphasizes social training to help these people function better and interact in their communities. Rehabilitation programs can include job counseling and training, money management and many other counseling options.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy - is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on thinking and behavior.
- Self-help groups - people with Schizophrenia are becoming more common and people who have this disease should not feel alone.