Schizophrenia Essay

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Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a serious debilitating mental illness in which the victim is afflicted with bizarre delusions and prominent hallucinations. The delusions are profoundly invalid beliefs, and the hallucinations are equally invalid perceptions. There is also a disordering of the reasoning process, disordered emotional expression, and loss of motivation for work and social living. Typically, the illness starts in adolescence or early adulthood and, if untreated, usually worsens with age. (Lickey, Gordon, 1991)
The first description of schizophrenia was first given by Emil Kraepelin in 1896, and not until 1952 the “false” idea of what that disease was ceased to exist.
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Source: Sue, 1991 p.430

Risk of Schizophrenia Among
Blood Relatives of Schizophrenics
Relationship to the Schizophrenic Person Morbidity Risk (%)
MZ twin 36 - 38
Child of two affected parents 36 - 46
Child of one affected parent 12 - 13
Sibling 8 - 9
Parents 4 - 6
Half sibling 3 - 6
Grandchild 2 - 5
Cousin 2 - 3
Niece and nephew 2 - 4
Uncle and aunt 2 - 3
Grandparent 1 - 2
Spouse 2
No relationship 1

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