Use of this website is conditional upon your acceptance of our User Agreement. Schizophrenia patients sometimes mimic the behavior of others, known as echopraxia, or repeat their own movements, known as stereotyped behaviors. Sufferers may see people or things that do not exist, and may hear voices or sounds that also do not exist. Brain, Cerebellum, Genetics 1640 Words 5 Pages Culture and Schizophrenia Childhood schizophrenia is one of several types of schizophrenia. Basic knowledge about brain chemistry and its link to schizophrenia is expanding rapidly.
Since schizophrenia may not be a single condition and its causes are not yet known, current treatment methods are based on both clinical research and experience. Thesis Statement: Schizophrenia is a misunderstood illness that affects more people than we realize. Bob has multiple past hospitalizations and treatment for schizophrenia. There can either be a heightened expression of activity; hyperactive or overly excited, or the individual can decrease activity so severely they become immobile and seem detached from their Schizophrenia One of the major concerns of modern medicine is Schizophrenia. Around one in two individuals with schizophrenia have a history of drug abuse or addiction. Catatonia has decreased dramatically in recent decades, so that it is now rare.
Since then, the advent of antipsychotic , advanced brain imaging, and molecular genetic studies has confirmed beyond any reasonable doubt that schizophrenia has an important biological basis. These tests could include blood tests, imaging tests, and drug screening tests. Psychiatric Services, 50: 901-4, 1999. People with schizophrenia have no filter so they let in irrelevant information, which they are unable to interpret correctly. In a group setting, numerous patients meet with a therapist in a situation designed for focused discussion and problem solving or for a less intensive, conversational atmosphere.
In addition, through a variety of other methods of adherence monitoring, doctors can identify when pill taking is a problem for their patients and can work with them to make adherence easier. Antipsychotic medications are very effective in controlling the symptoms of schizophrenia. They may need to go to the hospital during an acute attack. When a person's thinking, feeling, and behavior is abnormal, it interferes with his or her ability to function in everyday life. It helps relatives and members of the extended family look after themselves emotionally and give them the skills to work more collaboratively with health professionals. Some doctors think that the brain may not be able to process information correctly. However, the current state of knowledge, does not allow for a sufficiently accurate prediction of long-term outcome.
It cannot be predicted or prevented and is not a moral weakness, character flaw, or a result of poor parenting. Cognitive psychologists think that disturbed thinking processes are the cause of schizophrenia. Such claims can provoke unrealistic expectations that, when unfulfilled, lead to further disappointment. Genetics It is recognised that 85% of vulnerability to schizophrenia is genetic. Delusion, Disorganized schizophrenia, Hallucination 870 Words 3 Pages Outline and evaluate two or more therapies used in the treatment of Schizophrenia 24 marks There is no established permanent cure for Schizophrenia, but there are a variety of therapies which help prevent schizophrenic episodes and also help sufferers deal with their mental illness. Medical illnesses are not the outcome of physical disorders but of these psychological conflicts. A person dealing with this debilitating illness may think that people are going to kill them, or kidnap them.
Environmental - in this definition - includes everything from the nutritional environment or viruses that a baby is subjected to in the womb, to social environment growing up, to teen drug use or stress. This can lead to boarding up their home, blacking out windows, putting objects in front of doors to impede entry, and otherwise blocking or removing items they believe contain listening devices or cameras. It is also common for patients to continue to show symptoms of irrational fear and paranoia. Variability of Symptoms among Patients C. Studies on persons suffering from schizophrenia have uncovered a common pattern of abnormalities in the attractor states in the brain. Delusional disorder, Disability, Mental disorder 862 Words 3 Pages Over the last few decades Schizophrenia has become embedded in mainstream vernacular as any behavior or emotional response that is out of touch with reality.
Substance abuse can reduce the effectiveness of treatment for schizophrenia. The new pharmacotherapy of schizophrenia. Family and peer support and advocacy groups are very active and provide useful information and assistance for patients and families of patients with schizophrenia and other mental disorders. It was around this time that the British Isles opened the first mental institution Mueser and Jeste, 2008. The longer patients go without treatment of illness episodes, the worse the long-term prognosis. A list of some of these organizations is included at the end of this document. These negative symptoms might include an increasing lack of motivation, decreasing inability to pay attention, or social isolation.
It has long been known that schizophrenia runs in families. Derived from the Greek words schizo and phren, Schizophrenia means split mind and describes the fragmented thinking of people with the disorder. For example, it has been estimated that children of schizophrenia patients have a 9 to 15 % likelihood of developing the illness, siblings of patients have an 8 to 14% likelihood, and cousins have a 2 to 6% likelihood of being diagnosed with schizophrenia. Further, substance abuse can interfere with the effectiveness of treatment, leading patients to discontinue medications. While the prevalence of smoking in the U. Antipsychotic drugs, like virtually all medications, have unwanted effects along with their beneficial effects. Schizophrenia is everywhere you look.