Schizophrenia And Its Effects On Mental Health

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Schizophrenia is the disorder that most closely corresponds to popular concepts of insanity, madness, or lunacy (Nevid, 2006). Nevid (2006) also states that schizophrenia comes from Greek roots meaning “split brain”. There are quite a few people in the United States that have schizophrenia. According to the National Institute of Mental Health approximately 2.4 million American adults or about 1.1 percent of the population age eighteen and older in a given year have schizophrenia (2013). Schizophrenia is found in men more than women. Men also tend to develop the disorder earlier than women and experience more severe cases of the disorder (Nevid, 2006). When being diagnosed with schizophrenia there are phases the doctor will test. These stages are prodromal, active or acute, remission, and relapse (Frese, 2012). It is hard for people who are diagnosed with schizophrenia. It takes their courage, compassion, and commitment to stand up for who they are. It makes one a totally different person when being diagnosed with schizophrenia. Their loved ones have to stick by their side to help them go through the process and live with schizophrenia. There are some that result in suicide because they either don’t have the loved ones or just can’t handle be a patient with schizophrenia.
The first stage of schizophrenia is prodromal. According to Croft, the term prodromal refers to the period of time from when the first change in a person occurs until they develop full blown
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