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Schizophrenia affects about two million people in the United States; that is about one percent of our population (Nevid, 2015, P. 513). When you think about a stereotypical “insane” person, you probably picture someone who suffers from schizophrenia. This is because the most common symptoms of this psychotic disorder include hallucinations (seeing things that are not there), not being able to distinguish between reality and fantasy, and delusions (false beliefs that they refuse to change)(Nevid, 2015, P. 513). Normally, the hallucinations are auditory but they can also appear visually. It is very uncommon for people to hallucinate smells or tastes but it is possible. Schizophrenia is a thought disorder, which means that their structure of thought process can breakdown while thinking. This can cause them to express their ideas in a jumbled manner that does not make sense to the average person (Nevid, 2015, P. 514). These are all labeled as positive symptoms because they deal with behavioral excesses. The symptoms labeled as negative
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