Exploring Schizophrenia Essay

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Exploring Schizophrenia

A disease that leads to more suicide deaths than AIDS, SIDS, and MS combined is present in one in one hundred people globally. Schizophrenia is prone to lead to long-term disability, unemployment, drug and alcohol abuse, and family trauma. Ten percent of all patients commit suicide. Schizophrenia is an infamous disease attacking the American population. What is schizophrenia, how is it caused, what does it do, and who does it effect?

One percent of America has schizophrenia, two million in any given year. Although schizophrenia has the same effect on men and women, men have more noticeable symptoms earlier in their life. For men, symptoms start occurring from their
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A delusion of reference is when you believe that you are trying to be contacted when really you’re not. A great example of a delusion of reference is believing the TV is talking to you, or that singers are trying to get you a message through their songs. Sometimes, when a patient has schizophrenia, they tell themselves they are sick, thus making themselves sick. The most dangerous delusions are that of grandeur. These lead you to think you have superpowers or a very special person. This leads to many ‘suicides’ among schizophrenics (www.schizophrenia.com).

The next sign of schizophrenia and most infamous are the hallucinations. They are like delusions, except they affect the senses. The proper names for these hallucinations are as follows: visual hallucinations (seeing things that aren’t there); auditory hallucinations (hearing things or voices others cannot hear); tactile hallucinations (feeling things that other people can’t feel, or having something touching your skin that other people can’t feel); olfactory hallucinations (smelling things that other people cannot smell, or not smelling the same thing that other people do smell); and gustatory experiences (tasting things that aren’t there).

The third and fourth signs of schizophrenia are disorganized speech and grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior. A nickname for disorganized speech would be ‘word salad.’
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