Is Schizophrenia A Mental Disorder? Essay

1753 WordsDec 7, 20168 Pages
“Please hear this: There are not ‘Schizophrenics’ There are people with Schizophrenia.” (Elyn Saks). How much do you actually know about Schizophrenia and the people who have it? You may know that it is a mental disorder in your brain that affects function and fragmentation. What so many of you do not know is the way it is diagnosed, how it is treated, the different types of Schizophrenia, and of course so much more. What I will be covering in this paper will be the different types, the process of the diagnosis, treatment you can receive, causes, possible complications, history and a variety of different topics you most likely did not know were involved with Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder in your brain that can be both fascinating and frightening. What is Schizophrenia? Chances are you’ve heard the myths that come with it: They are dangerous, anyone with it is completely hopeless and no chance of recovering, they have multiple personalities, traumatizing childhood, and bad parenting. All of these myths are completely false. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that influences the way your mind thinks, feels, and acts. It is not that same thing as having Multiple Personalities Disorder or Split Personalities Disorder. Symptoms of Schizophrenia can differ with everyone, but they differ between positive and negative symptoms. They are referred to as positive because they are not as severe and easily treatable with proper medical attention. Hallucinations which
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