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
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