Schizophrenia

By: Tyler Smith & Luke Wilson

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What is Schizophrenia

A basic understanding of schizophrenia is that it is a chronic, severe, and disabling

brain disorder that effects people so that they may hear voices in their head that

other people don’t hear. Sometimes schizophrenics think that people are reading

there minds or planning to hurt them.


People who have Schizophrenia may not make sense when the talk. They may sit for hours without moving or talking. Sometimes people with schizophrenia seem perfectly fine until they talk about what they are really thinking.

Medical Problems

Study's have shown that they have a higher rate of smoking and obesity. Because of this people who have schizophrenia are found to have higher rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

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Brain Activity

What causes schizophrenic symptoms?
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Who Is At Risk?

Schizophrenia starts between ages 16 and 30, Schizophrenia rarely occurs in children.

It can be difficult for people to diagnose schizophrenia in teens but some signs you can look for are a change of friends, a drop in grades, and sleep problems.

Medical Breakthroughs

A medical breakthrough has been made at the Northwestern University. they found that schizophrenics have a very low level of Kalirin which is a protein and they are working on a way to boost that protein in patients.

To really grasp a better understanding of this condition

we have video showing you a schizophrenic’s POV based on other patients episodes.

What's it like to experience schizophrenic symptoms?

Treatment

Since the causes of schizophrenia are still unknown the treatments focus on elimination the symptoms of the disease. this includes anti psychotic meds and other psychosocial treatments. the medication doesn't completely remove all of a patients symptoms it is likened to help them distinguish fake from real. In particular a medication called clozapine this medication can be dangerouse as it can reduce white blood cell count.

Prevetion

There is no clear way to prevent schizophrenia but the earlier you can identify the illness the better chance there is to prevent the worst effects.

Vocab

1. Movement disorders-They affect the speed and precision of your movements. There are two kinds. Dyskinesia, which involves excessive movement and hyperkinesia, which involves slowed or lack of movement.

2. Delusion-The belief or impression that someone firmly maintains though it is contradicted by what is considered reality or as being rational.

3. Hallucinations-An experience when you see something that is not actually there.

Schizophrenia Test

Do you have Schizophrenia?

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Citations

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• "Albany NY Psychiatrist Doctors - Schizophrenia: Learn About Symptoms and Treatment." MedicineNet. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Oct. 2014.


• "Brilliant, Successful and Living with Schizophrenia | Al Jazeera America." Brilliant, Successful and Living with Schizophrenia | Al Jazeera America. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Oct. 2014


• "Schizophrenia Screening Test." - Psych Central. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Oct. 2014.


• "Schizophrenia: Latest Medical Breakthroughs." Newsmax. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Oct. 2014.