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Schizophrenia Drug Use 1 Running head: SCHIZOPHRENIA DRUG USE Comparison of Medicated vs. non-Medicated Schizophrenia Patients Zachary Kmieciak Psch 270 Dr. Morriss TA: Desia Grace
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Schizophrenia Drug Use 2 Comparison of Medicated vs. non-Medicated Schizophrenia Patients 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 (Schulz et. al, 2008). The most common type of schizophrenia is “Paranoid Schizophrenia.” Symptoms of this disease commonly include negative delusions, or a belief of something unreasonable. The frequent delusions of schizophrenia are grandeur; the patient thinks that he/she is someone else, often a famous person. The delusions also include a sense that the patient is being controlled or trying to gain control of them. Patients also believe that their thoughts are being broadcasted so others can hear what he/she is thinking or that other people are out to get him/her. Other symptoms of the delusions include reference, the thought that unimportant things have a certain meaning to the patient, and withdrawal the idea that thoughts are being taken out of the person’s head completely (Schulz et. al, 2008). Other common symptoms include hallucinations, disorganized thought or speech, and motor disturbances (Schulz et. al, 2008). Nearly 1% of the world’s population is affected by schizophrenia. Often this is prevalent for males between 18-25 years and females 25-45 years (Schulz et. al, 2008). Schizophrenia often can be seen by others by social withdrawal. When a patient acts upon his/her delusions, it can often lead to physical harm of others, but often times harm to the patients themselves. Because of this schizophrenia patients have a much higher rate of suicide (Schulz et. al, 2008). Schizophrenia has both a genetic predisposition and role of environment through stress and anxiety. For that reason treatment for schizophrenia is complicated and requires an
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Schizophrenia Drug Use 3 intense level of care. Patients are often given information on the illness and treatment while they involved in the treatment (Schulz et. al, 2008). The treatments sometimes include a combination of prescription drugs. Families of the patients are often times also given education seminars and support training. Review Study 1 A study completed by Joseph P. McEvoy and his associates tried to find the effectiveness and safety of a lower does of aripiprazole in a sample of 420 patients who were experiencing some types of schizophrenia symptoms. The patients were required to be at least 18, diagnosed with a form of schizophrenia, and to have a Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale of 60 or more. During the random, double-blind, placebo- controlled study patients had a washout period of at least 2 days (median 7 days), where patients did not receive medication. After the washout period there was a randomized
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