Schizophrenia

What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is defined by the DSM as disorganized speech and behavior, hallucinations and other symptoms thats cause social or occupational dysfunctions

Some Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Causes

Environmental

  • Some cases of Schizophrenia have been diagnosed as a result of troubles in a person's childhood

Biological

  • Some scientists believe that Schizophrenia can be found as a result of an imbalance of dopamine in the brain
  • Others believe that while there is no specific gene for Schizophrenia, it can be hereditary

Who is Affected by Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia does not affect any groups any more than any other group. Schizophrenia affects people of all ages, genders, and races. The most common ages to be diagnosed with Schizophrenia are between 16 and 30 years old. Currently there are 3 million people diagnosed in America, which makes up 1% of the population

Ways to Treat It

  • Drug Treatments - Anti-psychotics are typically prescribed for people diagnosed with Schizophrenia
  • Therapy Treatments - Psychotherapy sessions are administered to help keep patients in touch with reality and try to help them learn to control their symptoms

Case Study - John Nash

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