Disorganized Schizophrenia

Abigail Coleman

Description and Symptoms

Disorganized Schizophrenia is characterized by chaotic speech and behavior. Often times lacking emotion in speech or inappropriate behaviors.

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Causes

Unfortunately, a pinpointed cause is unknown. However most people are diagnosed around their late teens or early 20's. Things such as environment and prenatal/maternal malnutrition can increase the risks.

Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Doctors can run a complete blood test to scan for anything with common symptoms as well as drugs. They may also order scanning tests such as an MRI or CT scan.
  • They will also do a psychological evaluation looking at demeanor, thought processes, moods, and ask questions about hallucinations, substance abuse, and delusions.
Treatments can include:


  • Medications
  • Family or group therapy
  • ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy)
  • Vocational Skills Therapy
However, schizophrenia is a lifelong condition and cannot be cured.

Prevalence

  • About .7% of the world has schizophrenia
  • 2.4 million American's have schizophrenia
  • Often first appears in men in their early 20's
  • Women often times in 20-30's.
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On-going Research

  • Fatty acids such as omega-3 or others found in fish may help reduce the chances.
  • Marijuana has been linked to increase psychotic incidents and increases the chances of psychotic experiences.

Interesting Facts

  • Vincent Van Gogh, Mary Todd Lincoln(First Lady), Veronica Lake, Brian Wilson(Beach Boys), and Clara Bow all had schizophrenia at one point.
  • The shape of the roof of your mouth may be a sign that you are susceptible to the disease.
  • 1 in 10 people diagnosed with schizophrenia will die before the 10 year mark of their psychotic break.
  • Schizophrenia is 2 times more likely to happen than Alzheimer's.