How The Patient With Schizophrenia

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How to Treat the Patient with Schizophrenia
The National Institute of Mental Health finds that approximately 1.2% of the United States population suffer from schizophrenia. What exactly is schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is defined as a complex disorder with an extremely varied presentation of symptoms that affects cognitive, emotional, and behavioral areas of functioning (Kneisl, 2013). It is considered a psychotic disorder and often includes psychotic experiences, such as hearing voices or delusions. Those who are affected by the disease are said to have lost touch with reality. The onset of schizophrenia usually arises between the late teens and the mid-thirties and is more often seen in women. Evidence suggests that both the environment and genetics play a role in the development of schizophrenia. It is imperative to treat the manifestations of schizophrenia as soon as you suspect them. If left untreated, clients may gradually start to cut off communication with the outside world, and lose the ability to meet and take care of their basic life needs. This paper will outline the causes, manifestations, and treatments of schizophrenia.
People with schizophrenia are 2-2.5 times more likely to die earlier than the general population (WHO, 2015). Psychiatrists suggests that the cause of schizophrenia is unknown. Research has not identified a single factor. However, many speculate that it is a cross between biological predisposition (for example, genetics) and the kind of…
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