Schizophreni The Most Devastating Mental Illness

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Zach Seymour Professor Evans PSY 2012-02B 07 Nov 2014 Research paper Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is often times referred to as one of the most devastating mental illness. This is because of it early onset in a patients live, and also that the symptoms can be destructive not only to the patient but also their family and friends. Schizophrenia is often discussed as a single illness, but schizophrenia can include a wide array of disorders which can present many similar behavioral symptoms. More than likely schizophrenia comprises a whole group of disorders with heterogeneous causes which include those patients whose clinical presentations, responses, treatment and course of their illnesses were varied. It’s not only one of the most devastating mental illness but is also one of the most financially taxing; This is because, The according to a study conducted the overall U.S. 2002 cost of schizophrenia (The Economic Burden of Schizophrenia in the United States in 2002, J Clin Psychiatry. 2005 Sep;66(9):1122-1129) was estimated to be $62.7 billion, with $22.7 billion excess direct health care cost this breaks down to for $7.0 billion outpatient, $5.0 billion drugs, $2.8 billion inpatient, $8.0 billion long-term care (Analysis Group, Inc. 2014). The disease was first discovered to be a discrete mental illness in 1887 by Dr.Emile Kraepelin. Although, it was first discovered in 1887 it is widely believed that schizophrenia has accompanied mankind throughout history. This is showed

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