Schizophrenia Paper

Schizophrenia Paper - Zachary T. Kmieciak PSCH270 Morriss...

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Zachary T. Kmieciak PSCH270 Morriss October 14, 2008 Research Paper: Schizophrenia
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From the beginning of time until hundreds of years from now, society will always have members who seem odd, weird, or the technical term, deviant. Then there is always the people who are “way out there,” the people with schizophrenia. Nowadays there are people who use slang terms for schizophrenia such as; schizo, Looneytoons, or psychos.We never know how these people actually feel. There are many aspects that need to be remembered when discussing schizophrenia such as the history and background of it, the possible theories or causes as stated by the fives perspectives of psychology, the symptoms and the overall treatment of the mental disease. The symptoms for schizophrenia date back all the way to pre-biblical times, but the current definition for schizophrenia, as faqs.com states it as, “Schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder or group of psychotic disorders that cause a patient to lose touch with reality. It is marked by severely impaired reasoning and emotional instability and can cause violent behavior.” In laymen’s terms, it means that someone has lost touch with what is really happening, and they are unable to get back to that way of life. In early Egypt, a book called “The Book of Hearts” was said to have had an illness described like schizophrenia, as stated by psychiatric-disorders.com. The Egyptians were very intricate in their appreciation for the heart and the mind, and were said to have had the two linked. With this, they were said to have thought if there were the symptoms like schizophrenia, then there was also a problem with the heart. Later in the Middle Ages, like the Egyptians, they were also not able to have a definite definition for the disease that also haunted their people. As stated by psychiatric- disorders.com, “The Middle Ages saw Europe's first tentative steps towards a schizophrenia definition, although the definition was by no means a positive one. Mental
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disorders in the Middle Ages were seen as evil spirits that possessed the body.” They also went on to say that because of the ideology of the people in the Middle Ages at the time, a lot of the people that were schizophrenics were tried for witchcraft or being friendly with demons. There were a few more obscure treatments when it came to curing the people. Exorcisms were normal when it came to this situation, but the obscure treatment that was tried on numerous occasions was drilling holes in the head of the “wicked” person. It usually ended in death. Unlike previous times, the nineteenth century finally started to come to a close, but not official, definition of schizophrenia. Psychiatric-disorders.com says that, “In 1878, Emile Kraepelin comes closer to a schizophrenia definition than anyone in prior schizophrenia history. He coins the term dementia praecox, or dementia of early onset, which he subdivides into simple, paranoid, hebephrenic, and catatonic stages.” This was
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2009 for the course CHEM 112 taught by Professor Jursich during the Spring '08 term at Ill. Chicago.

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