Schizophrenia And Paranoia

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The topic of this social science research essay is Schizophrenia and Paranoia. The research question is what is Schizophrenia? What are currently considered possible causes of Schizophrenia? What are common effects on the patient? What are challenges that people who live with Schizophrenia may experience? What suggestions could be made to help deal with those challenges? What is Paranoia and how might it affect people with Schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects the way patients understand and interact with the world. There is no known cause of Schizophrenia, although genetics and environmental factors are considered at least partially responsible. Common effects on the patient may include having trouble thinking and…show more content…
According to Learn more about Schizophrenia (2011) there are three different types of symptoms, Negative symptoms, cognitive symptoms and positive symptoms. Negative symptoms include emotional flatness, lack of motivation, inability to start and follow through with activities, speech that is brief and lacks content and a lack of interest in life. Cognitive symptoms pertain to thinking process. People who live with Schizophrenia struggle to prioritize tasks and organizing thoughts. Also often has a lack of insight, when someone is not aware they have a mental illness. Positive symptoms are also known as Psychotic symptoms because the patient has lost touch with reality in certain ways, this is when hallucinations and delusions occur. Some of the most common effects of Schizophrenia are delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, catatonic behaviour, lack of self care and dysfunctional interpersonal relations. There are many challenges people living with Schizophrenia experience. According to Melinda and Jeanne smith (2016) a big challenge that Schizophrenics may experience is the responsibility to stay on their medication. Often patients will think do not need their medications anymore and will stop taking them. In some cases when Patients stop taking their medication the Schizophrenia symptoms can come back worse and more intense. Another challenge Schizophrenics may encounter is unemployment. According to Learn more…show more content…
There is no known cause of Schizophrenia, although genetics and environmental factors are considered at least partially responsible. Common effects on the patient may include having trouble thinking and communicating; also, patients may experience hallucinations and/or delusions. Challenges could include finding a job and staying on prescribed medication. To help deal with those challenges, it is suggested that those with Schizophrenia, as well as those who interact with them, to learn as much as possible about Schizophrenia, to have family support, to go to support groups and benefits of taking regular medication. Paranoia is a mental illness and can affect Schizophrenics by causing extreme symptoms of Paranoia. Suggestions of further research that could be done in the future would be to give out surveys to a larger group of people and have more than one grade complete the survey to see if there is a difference of knowledge in the different age
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