The Mental Illness Schizophrenia

The Mental Illness Schizophrenia - The Mental Illness...

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The Mental Illness Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a group of severe brain disorders in which people interpret reality abnormally. Schizophrenia may result in some combination of hallucinations, delusions and disordered thinking and behavior. The ability of people with schizophrenia to function normally and to care for them tends to deteriorate over time. There are five types of schizophrenia. Paranoid schizophrenia: The individual is preoccupied with one or more delusions or many auditory hallucinations but does not have symptoms of disorganized schizophrenia. Disorganized schizophrenia: Prominent symptoms are disorganized speech and behavior, as well as flat or inappropriate affect. The person does not have enough symptoms to be characterized as catatonic schizophrenic. Catatonic schizophrenia: The person with this type of schizophrenia primarily has at least two of the following symptoms: difficulty moving, resistance to moving, excessive movement, abnormal movements, and/or repeating what others say or do. Undifferentiated schizophrenia: This is characterized by episodes of two or more of the following symptoms: delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech or behavior, catatonic behavior or negative symptoms, but the individual does not qualify for a diagnosis of paranoid, disorganized, or catatonic type of schizophrenia. Residual schizophrenia: While the full-blown characteristic positive symptoms of schizophrenia (those that involve an excess of normal behavior, such as delusions, paranoia, or heightened sensitivity) are absent, the sufferer has less severe forms of the disorder or has only negative symptoms (symptoms characterized by a decrease in function, such as withdrawal, disinterest, and not speaking). This history of schizophrenia can be traced back to documents written by the paranoiac Egyptians as far back as 2000B.C. In these texts thought disturbances are mentioned that are commonly seen in schizophrenia. At that time it was thought that these mental disturbances were caused by demons and evil spirits and could be cured by exorcising. There are Greek, Roman, and Chinese scripts that describe signs and symptoms of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is an illness that ranks high in the public's consciousness, but low in our collective understanding. There are a number of myths about people with schizophrenia, generally based on the underlying false assumption that the experiences of schizophrenia are the same from person to person. Myth: People with schizophrenia have "split personalities." This is
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