By: Lauren Wake
What is Schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a group of disorders characterized by confused and disconnected thoughts, emotions, and perceptions.
It affects about 1% of people worldwide, including about 2.4 million Americans.
If this is present in your family, then you have a higher chance of having schizophrenia.
There is no single cause or cure for schizophrenia.
A person with this would show a wide assortment of symptoms.
Symptoms of Schizophrenia
People with schizophrenia experience many symptoms.
Delusions are false beliefs that a person maintains in the face of contrary evidence.
Hallucinations are perceptions that have no direct external cause.
Incoherence is a marked decline in thought processes.
Language is sped up. It sounds like a bunch of words thrown together.
Disturbances of Affect are emotions that are inappropriate for the circumstances.
Deterioration in normal movement is where a person can have slow movement, non-movement, or highly agitated behavior.
Decline in previous levels of functioning and diverted attention are also symptoms.
Types of Schizophrenia
- Paranoid Type: involves hallucination and delusions including grandeur and persecution.
- Catatonic Type: may remain motionless for a long periods.
- Disorganized Type: include incoherent language, inappropriate emotions, giggling for no apparent reason, generally disorganized motor behavior, and hallucinations and delusions.
- Remission Type: applied to anyone whose symptoms are gone or still exist but are not severe enough to have earned a diagnosis of schizophrenia in the first place
- Undifferentiated Type: the basic symptoms of Schizophrenia, such as deterioration of daily functioning, hallucinations, delusions, inappropriate emotions, and thought disorders
Causes of Schizophrenia
- Biological Influences
- Biochemistry and Physiology
- Family and Interactions