Schizophrenia And Its Effects On Society

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Schizophrenia is a considered a severely chronic, disabling brain disease. Sufferers that have schizophrenia tend to experience hallucinations, delusions and sometimes distorted reality. When an individual is diagnosed with schizophrenia, they are physically inept to acting out “everyday functions”. With careful research, it is now known nearly one percent of the American population develops schizophrenia. Unfortunately, that portion is about two million american citizens and the numbers are slowly growing. Schizophrenia affects men and women equally, the disorder often appears in men earlier, usually in the late teens or early thirties (Barbour 14).
Behavioral syndromes that parallel schizophrenia appear in records from as early as
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About ten percent if in the case of a brother or sister having schizophrenia may develop. It is fifty percent probable with an identical twin. Although, genes are not the only way to have the disease. Substance abuse is a key factor in developing the disease. Taking mind-altering drugs in teen years and young adulthood could potentially dramatically increase the risk of developing the disease. Smoking marijuana may lead to the increased risk of psychotic convulsions and a risk of continuous psychotic incidences - smoking marijuana earlier can lead to a larger risk and the more frequent the use, can greater the risk of developing schizophrenia earlier on. It maybe difficult to detect the signs of schizophrenia in teens, as the symptoms and types are a multitude of variety. This is because the first signs can include a change of friends, a drop in grades, sleep insomnia , and irritability, although these are all signs and symptoms of developing into a young adult, which makes it hard to diagnose this in teens. Other factors include isolating oneself and withdrawing from family and friends, a dramatic increase in abnormal thoughts, and along with a genetic line of psychosis. In young adultolescence who develop schizophrenia, this stage of the disorder is called the “prodromal” stage (NAMI). There are four types of schizophrenia. These
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