Schizophrenia, It 's A Long And Confusing Word

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Schizophrenia, it’s a long and confusing word. It can be quite a puzzling disorder to most as well. It has been called madness, hysteria, and even paranoia in the past but that is not the case today. However, Schizophrenia has many meanings, for there is not a specific definition. One of those meaning states it is a “chronic (long-lasting) brain disorder, affecting 1 in every 100 people worldwide” (Schizophrenia, 2013). What exactly is schizophrenia though? What are the symptoms of schizophrenia? What can I do treatment wise? These are common questions every person has when discovering and being diagnosed with a disorder. These questions are very significant and need to be answered. Schizophrenia is derived from the “Greek words 'schizo ' which means split and 'phrene ', which means mind” (Schizophrenia, 2016). One can see how these two words would bring out the meaning of Schizophrenia, as a person with this identity disorder can experience more voices than normal in their mind. However, this disorder is not to be mixed up with multiple personality disorder. Benedict Morel was the first person to propose the theory of Schizophrenia. This particular man thought schizophrenia was an innate biological defect and symptoms come from your family lineage (Jeste & Mueser, 2008). Not only is this disorder thought to be in one’s family lineage it is thought to occur in more men than women. Schizophrenia was first brought to light and “classified as a distinct mental disorder by…
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