Is Schizophrenia A Serious Mental Disorder?

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Introduction Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder that affects the way an individual thinks, feels, and acts (MHA, 2017). Diagnosed individuals have trouble deciphering what is real or what their mind is making up. This is caused by hallucinations and delusions with sight and auditory. Individuals full heartedly believe the hallucinations are real and it may be hard for loved ones to watch. Social situations are difficult for patients diagnosed because social norms are harder to express. It is hard to hold a relationship with peers due to the symptoms they deal with everyday making it hard to interact in social norms. The cause is still unclear to how someone obtains schizophrenia. Although it’s unsure scientist know this is not…show more content…
To be diagnosed with schizophrenia these symptoms have to be apparent for at least 6 months (NAMI, 2017). It is not an easy diagnosis regardless what age an individual falls into. The majority of people who suffer do not believe they have the mental disorder, this can make the diagnosis very difficult to accept. A health care provider must examine someone under the suspicion of having schizophrenia for 6 months to ensure the correct diagnosis. This is because a simple lab test or physical test can not be done to push out a positive or negative result. Brain tumors, and possible other mental illnesses must be ruled out before the health care provider makes the final diagnosis (NAMI, 2017). Once diagnosed it is easier to get treatment right away to get psychotic breaks under control, an understanding as to why they are happening and on the road for treatment. Physicians This mental disease was first identified by a German physician Dr. Emile Kraepelin in 1887. He used the term “dementia praecox” believing this was a disease of the brain. Eugene Bleur later on changed the name to schizophrenia, as the name before was misleading. Viennese psychiatrist Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), convinced many that this disorder was due to childhood experiences (LLC, 2017). ‘Fever therapy’ used to be a treatment used by physicians in the twenties.
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