Schizophrenia, By Swiss Psychiatrist Paul Eugen Bleuler

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Schizophrenia, known as the brain disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally is a serious brain disorder. Schizophrenia can distort the way you think, expression emotions, act, and affects the way you react to others. Sufferers also have issues functioning at work, in school, in their relationships, and of course, society as a whole. Schizophrenia, thought as the most debilitating of the mental illnesses, is a life-long disease. Schizophrenia can only be controlled through proper treatment, for this is no cure. The term Schizophrenia, named so by Swiss psychiatrist Paul Eugen Bleuler in 1910, has the Greek literal translation, ‘schizo’ (split) and ‘phren’ (mind). Though, contrary to this translation and belief, schizophrenia is not a split or multiple personalities. Schizophrenia is a psychosis, and as a psychosis, a person cannot decipher what is real and what is imagined. Schizophrenia, historically, was thought to be the result of possession, primarily due to its frightening symptoms. Schizophrenic sufferers were thought to be involved with the devil, or with evil spirits. As consequence, sufferers were flogged, hung, burned at the stake, and starved. Sufferers were also tied or chained in filthy dark rooms in insane asylums, where for a price, people were permitted to spectate the ill. One procedure was often performed, “trephining”, which consists of a hole being drilled into your skull in hopes that the spirit would be released. Bloodletting

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