Schizophrenia - Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and...

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Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder.  It has been proven to affect  approximately 1.1 percent of the U.S. population.  It starts to affect men in their late teens and early  20’s, and women in their mid-20s to early 30’s; although there have been cases of schizophrenia in  children as young as five years old.  The first stage of schizophrenia is called the “prodromal” period.  In the first stage of schizophrenia the signs may include a change in friends, a drop of grades, sleep  problems, and irritability.  These signs are also exhibited in many normal adolescents, this makes  diagnosis difficult to make at this first stage. Some schizophrenic people hear voices and others don’t.  Instead, they may believe that others  are broadcasting their thoughts to the world, or they become convinced that someone is plotting to  cause them harm.  All of these things cause them to be fearful, withdrawn and very agitated; this  becomes a problem when they try to establish a relationship with someone.  Schizophrenic people often  do not make sense when they speak, they may sit for hours without moving or talking, or they may  seem fine until they talk about what is really on their minds.  Many schizophrenic people have a hard 
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course BIO 101 taught by Professor Schau during the Spring '08 term at North Park University.

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