Schizophrenia

Dany Gonzalez

Information about Schizophrenia

Do you ever hear someone say your name but really no one said it? Or have seen something that wasn't there? Well, this is what people with schizophrenia go through everyday. Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder that has affected people throughout history. Schizophrenia is one of the most severe of the mental disorders. There are one hundred thousand Americans newly diagnosed with the disease each year. Schizophrenia typically beings in the late teens for boys and early mid-twenties for girls. This usually happens because of a traumatic or stressful event in a person's life. However, there are many things that can trigger this disorder.


The first actual description in literature of what we now call schizophrenia was discovered in 1619. This disorder was a mystery back then. In 1911, it was a new thing for people. Now, doctors and experts believe that schizophrenia is caused by several things. Genetics can be a factor as this disorder runs in the family. Sometimes it is caused because of bad parenting, bad-mothering, and other family problems. People with schizophrenia tend to have delusions and hallucinations. Symptoms are disorganized thoughts, speech, confusion, strange behavior, and mood swings. This causes social isolation and makes people avoid those who act strange or threatening. Today, schizophrenia is still unknown, but there are treatments for eliminating the symptoms. In conclusion, people should be more aware of this disorder. It's very interesting and odd in a positive way.

5 to know before you go

Facts you need to know

  • Schizophrenia affects men and women equally
  • Suicide is very risky for someone with schizophrenia. 40% will attempt it once
  • People rarely have hallucinations
  • The illness tends to have less gray matter
  • People who abuse drugs show the same symptoms similar to those who have schizophrenia
Anderson Cooper tries a schizophrenia simulator

Bibliography

Brinkehoff, Shirley. Schizophrenia. Broomall, Pa: Mason Crest, 2014. Print.


Lorizzo, Carrie. Understanding Mental Health Schizophreia and Other Psychotic Disorders. New York City: Crabtree, 2014. Print.


"Schizophrenia." The National Institute of Mental Health. USA Government, n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2015. <http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/schizphrenia/index.shtml>.