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Final Project: Analyzing Psychological Disorders 1 Final project: analyzing psychological disorders Sabrina Armstrong PSY/240 February 6 th , 2011 Shirley Shonette Wilson
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Final Project: Analyzing Psychological Disorders 2 Final Project: Analyzing Psychological Disorders Schizophrenia is a psychological disorder in the brain, it not only affects a person’s psychological perspective but, it also affects his or her physical body. The main areas of the brain that is affected from schizophrenia are the forebrain, hindbrain, and the limbic system. Schizophrenia is a heterogeneous lifelong psychiatric disorder is characterized by abnormal men- tal functions and disturbed behavior. Even professionals in this field are not certain what causes schizophrenia. Genetic markers do seem to have a part because people that have a family member with this disorder usu- ally have a higher percentage to contract the illness. Researchers consider that environmental surroundings can cause schizophrenia in some people that are hereditarily in danger for having the illness already (A.D.A.M., 2011, para 1). The causal factors about schizophrenia are genetics, environmental forces, and biological dysfunctions. For example, an illness while in the mother's womb or a tense psychological experi- ence can amplify the threat for contracting the disorder schizophrenia in a person’s life (A.D.A.M., 2011, para 2). Even though schizophrenia is a persistent disorder, there is available help with medication, therapy, and support, people with this disorder will be able to The neural basis of schizophrenia involves an imbalance of neurotransmitters and ab- normal brain structures. Schizophrenia can be caused by a combination of genetic, environmental and neurological factors. Different symptoms of schizophrenia may be caused by different neur- ological dysfunctions (Vaughn, 2010, para 1). Associated symptoms with schizophrenia can vary depending on how sever the disorder is for the person. Usually the illness develops slowly over months or years. At first, you may feel tense, or have trouble sleeping or concentrating. You can become isolated and withdrawn, and have trouble making or keeping friends. Psychotic symptoms develop as the illness continues; such as change in appearance or mood, catatonic behavior, delusions, hallucinations, disordered thinking, paranoid often feel anxious, and believe that others are trying to do them bodily harm to them. There are several antipsychotics drugs that are available to keep the illness under control such as the drug Risperidone which has been available as a long-acting intramuscular injection for sever- al years.
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Final Project: Analyzing Psychological Disorders 3 Another appropriate drug therapy that are prescribed for schizophrenia is antipsychotic drug such lurasidone, which is a new-generation atypical antipsychotic drug, which has been approved by
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This note was uploaded on 04/26/2011 for the course PSY 240 taught by Professor Colina during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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