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Schizophrenia Essay

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Research Paper Rough Draft In the early 1900’s, Eugen Bleuler coined the term “schizophrenia.” Schizophrenia is from the Greek roots “schizo” meaning split and “phrene” meaning mind. This specific mental illness is commonly characterized by hallucinations, delusions, and very unresponsive emotional behavior. Delusions are most commonly those of grandeur, persecution, and reference. Delusions of grandeur are characterized by the belief that you have special powers you do not possess. The belief everyone is after you is what makes up delusions of persecution. Lastly, the belief that everyone is talking about you and everything pertains to you is what delusions of reference are characterized by. In addition, the patient often suffers from…show more content…
Symptoms may also include obsessions with sex or feces. The simplest form is known as Simple Schizophrenia. Simple is merely a steady withdrawal from reality and results in severe apathy. Finally, Undifferentiated Schizophrenia is the only type that does not fit with the others. The patient often is affected by it suddenly and suffers a dream-like state due to major trauma, such as a brain injury or a denial of oxygen at birth. Symptoms include emotional turmoil and confusion. Although they are all different, a major common symptom for all Schizophrenia cases is violent behavior and irrational thoughts due to limited contact with reality. When Schizophrenia was first discovered it was looked at as dementia praecox, a term introduced by Dr. Kraepelin. The term generally refers to any type of psychotic disorder characterized by the distortion of reality. When Kraepelin introduced the term the mentally ill were looked down on in the religious world. Patients were seen as being corrupted by the devil and one form of a treatment for these patients was an exorcism, in an attempt to rid the body and soul of the demons. In turn, people were finding that the exorcisms had no effect on the patients and they took treatments a step further by submerging the patient in ice baths until they lost consciousness. When the treatment failed yet again, doctors would drill a hole into the skull of the patient.
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