Schizophreni A Severe Mental Disorder

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Definition Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder characterized by some, but not necessarily all, of the following features: emotional blunting, intellectual deterioration, social isolation, disorganized speech, behavior delusions, and hallucinations. Delusions are beliefs that are not true, like people are trying to hurt them, believing other people can read their mind, or they have special abilities or powers. Hallucinations are hearing voices that are not there. People with schizophrenia may also see, smell, taste, and feel things that are not there. Disorganized speech is when the individual speaks in ways that are hard to understand or uses sentences that might not make sense. Sometimes the speech is completely incomprehensible. Causes Schizophrenia is quite possible the most dreaded psychological disorder there is. It is also one of the most heavily researched (Myers, 477). Unfortunately there is no concrete evidence to point toward one simple cause. However, there are several factors that have been researched, and have been proven to increase vulnerability to this disorder. Genetic predisposition, brain abnormalities, prenatal and perinatal have been discussed as an array of contributing causes. There is no doubt that genetic predisposition enhances the probability of schizophrenia. A child who has a biological parent that has been diagnosed with schizophrenia has approximately a one in eight chance of developing this dreaded disorder (Berger, 407). Being a

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