Schizophreni A Chronic, Severe, And Disabling Brain Disease

1224 Words Dec 1st, 2015 5 Pages
Alexandra Heck
Abnormal Psychology
Kristen Shirley
11 December 2016
Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disease. This disease can develop at any moment in a lifetime to approximately one percent of the population. Although schizophrenia is not subject to a specific gender, men typically develop this disease earlier than women. The symptoms of schizophrenia vary from person to person but generally include; hearing internal voices not heard by others, or believing that other people are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. The effect of these symptoms can lead to dangerous actions or harmful thoughts. An individual’s reaction to these symptoms may cause their speech and behavior to be irregular which interjects fear to others around them.
Schizophrenia is not caused by one factor; experts believe multiple different effect an individual that develops this disease. Scientists are aware that schizophrenia runs in families, through genes. However, not one specific gene is the ultimate cause of this disease, but a combination of these genes and the brain development. Brain structure and the chemistry plays a large role in developing schizophrenia. Neurotransmitters are substances that allow brain cells to communicate with each other, an imbalance of these transmitters are thought to be another cause.
Early onset of schizophrenia appears as changes in behavior. Family members are also effected by schizophrenia…
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