Problems Surrounding Schizophrenia

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Problems Surrounding Schizophrenia Believe it or not, schizophrenia is a serious mental problem that has been around for much longer than most people tend to think. Most professionals are certain that schizophrenia is a disease process that takes place within the brain and that the disease is, in fact, influenced greatly by certain life experiences(Anderson 80). The one significant problem surrounding schizophrenia is that no one is absolutely positive as to what causes schizophrenia and of how it actually exists in the brain. Most of what people actually know about schizophrenia today comes from medicine books and research from Europe during the 19th century. Behaviors that actually resemble the known symptoms of schizophrenia…show more content…
It has been conclude, as a matter of fact, that genetics do play a major role in the cause of schizophrenia. For example, the probability of receiving schizophrenia as a result of being the child of two parents without the disease is 1%. If one parent has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, the probability of having schizophrenia as the offspring of this parent is 13%. The chance is 35% if both the parents of the child have been diagnosed with schizophrenia(Schizophrenia.com). This proves that biogenetics do indeed take part in schizophrenia. Despite what many believe today, schizophrenia is not "split personality." This idea has been brought on by the media, popular novels, and from the movies. The "split" part of schizophrenia is actually a "discordance between the thinking life and the feeling life of a single personality(Anderson 83)." This means that sometimes the schizophrenic is not able to differentiate between to separate aspects of thinking. This brings about an act that is somewhat similar to the split personality mental disorder. The true symptoms of schizophrenia can more easily be described by the four "A's". The four "A's" are the major symptoms seen in most patients that were discovered by a Swiss psychiatrist named Eugen Blueler(Travis 66). These four symptoms are an affective disturbance, a looseness of association, autism, and ambivalence. Affective disturbance can be described as a lack of an outward display of emotion such as
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