Mental Illness: The Cause Of Schizophrenia

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The question of mental illness and how to best manage it has gone unanswered for decades. Even today, the treatment of people with mental illness is still up for debate. Many believe those who are considered ‘sick in the head’ should be sent away to hospitals and asylums, far from society. Others think a combination of medicine and human-centered therapy will cure whatever disorder affects one who is mentally ill. Both sides of the argument have good and bad points, but they often fail to recognize the differences blah blah blah intro
The illness known as schizophrenia has been referred to by many different names in the past. The term ‘schizophrenia’ was first coined in 1908 by renowned Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler (Skelton). Bleuler understood …show more content…

A 2012 survey of the French public revealed that people with schizophrenia “were more frequently perceived as unpredictable and dangerous… and they also faced more rejection” by French adults overall (Angermeyer 1). Angermeyer’s study also found that many of the French people are misinformed about the causes of schizophrenia. Only around twenty percent of people interviewed believe that hereditary factors play a role in the cause of schizophrenia (Angermeyer 5). The National Institute of Mental Health states that genes have long been believed to play a role in the development of the illness due to several rare genetic mutations found in those with schizophrenia (Schizophrenia, NIMH). If the people surveyed had been educated further on mental illness and, more specifically, schizophrenia, perhaps they might not have contributed to the stigma that affects those with schizophrenia and schizoaffective …show more content…

After all, people with schizophrenia tend to have weaker social skills than those without the disorder (Lieberman et al. 96). Their poor social functioning also affects their job outlook. Those who go untreated have a much higher rate of unemployment (Lieberman et al. 102). According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, the rate of unemployment for people with schizophrenia could be as high as ninety percent (Schizophrenia, NAMI). Despite these statistics, it is ignorant to believe that those with schizophrenia cannot hold a job or be successful. Football player Lionel Aldridge and dancer Vaslov Nijinsky are just two people that contradict the stigma. Both men were very well-known athletes, and both men had schizophrenia (People with Mental Illness Enrich Our Lives, NAMI).
One could disagree and point out that there are others with schizophrenia who are infamous. John Hinckley, Jr., who attempted to assassinate U.S. President Ronald Reagan in March of 1981, has schizophrenia (Taylor). The man who manipulated the gruesome Tate-Labianca murders in 1969, Charles Manson, has also been diagnosed with the disorder (Heilig). These are only two of many names that have been known to commit horrendous crimes while also suffering from mental illness. People who work for the media will often report mental illness as the catalyst for the criminal’s

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