Schizophrenia And Schizotypal : Mental Personality Disorders

889 WordsMay 31, 20164 Pages
Schizophrenia and schizotypal are mental personality disorders that directly distort a person’s ability to connect with and function in reality. These disorders have found themselves front and center in the media through tv shows and movies that portray individuals suffering from these disorders as dangerous and violent psychopaths. While the majority of people who suffer from these disorders are never violent, there are some very infamous serial killers who suffered from the disorder. The most famous of these violent serial killers who suffered from schizophrenia, may be David Berkowitz or the “Son of Sam”. Berkowitz would eventually be diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, after a killing six people in New York City from 1976 to 1977. When asked why, Berkowitz told authorities that he had received the commands to kill from his neighbor 's dog. While it is rare that someone who suffers from schizophrenia will become a serial killer, it does provide a great deal of social stigma and fear regarding the disorder. We can eliminate some of this fear though, through researching the disorder and a better understanding of what this disorder is and how it can be treated. The National Institute of Mental Health defines schizophrenia as “a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves”. This disorder can cause a person to suffer from hallucinations, hearing voices, and extreme paranoia. However, the first step to understanding this
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