Schizophrenia - Michael Hu & Ray Liu 7/18/2009

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Health: Summer School Sem 2 7/18/2009 http :// www.w holes cien ce.net /custo m/COL OURF UL_M IND .jpg (http://www.smithwebdesign.com/schizophrenia/graph.gif) (http://www.mentalhealth.plus.vn/images/risperdal.jpg) (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/nash/filmmore/images/risks.gif) http://rrking.ology.com/files/2009/02/schizophrenia1.jpg Sc hi zo ph re ni a
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Hist ory of t he “ Spli t Mi nd” Schizophrenia is best classified as a non-communicable mental disorder that affects the brain in a way that victims suffer from hallucinations along with delusions, and is not to be confused with the bipolar disorder despite its direct meaning as “Split Mind”. The disease itself causes its victims to develop a distorted view of reality. One such case involved a man who believed “that the Earth was going to be destroyed and that he would live in a box that would float in space. He would marry a blue- skinned woman. The children they would have would be turquoise. Eventually, she would make him into a blue alien too” (Ketelsen 12). Individuals suffering from schizophrenia account for approximately one percent of the world’s population. However, in the U.S., schizophrenia victims account for approximately one third of the homeless. As of yet, there has been no significant correlation between the disease, and different races and sexes, with all races and both genders having an equal chance of developing the disease. Symptoms of this disease have been prevalent and documented for centuries, primarily seen in cases of individuals believed to have gone mad. In fact, victims suffering from schizophrenia- like symptoms have even been viewed as being possessed by evil spirits. The first clear description was recorded in 1809 by Phillipe Pinel, and in 1878, it was dubbed Dementia Praecox by German neurologist Arnold Pick. Up until this point, it was believed to be a hereditary disease, and that the symptoms would worsen until the victim’s death due to the brain being attacked by toxins. This view though, was countered by Swiss Psychiatrist Eugene Bleuler, who was more inclined to believe that the disease could actually go into remission during its course, and continuous deterioration would not be prevalent among all patients. The term “Schizophrenia” meaning “split mind” was then coined by Bleuler in 1908. Since then, the disease has been the target of multiple controversies, and there has been continued disagreement upon its classification. Many accept it as a single disorder, but others believe that it is
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in fact, composed of multiple disorders and cannot be classified as an individual disease. There have been multiple medications and treatments devised in an attempt to aid those ailing from this disease, but despite efforts so far, there has been no cure identified for the disease, although there is a strong possibility that one may be discovered in the near future. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sy
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This note was uploaded on 12/28/2010 for the course HEALTHVIEW 343 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '09 term at Ill. Chicago.

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Schizophrenia - Michael Hu & Ray Liu 7/18/2009

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