Schizophrenia in the Spotlight

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Schizophrenia in the Spotlight Many people have asked what schizophrenia is over the years. Schizophrenia is a serious disorder that makes simple everyday tasks hard to complete due to delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized speech. People with schizophrenia normally have a hard time forming relationships. Only around 1 percent of people will develop schizophrenia in their lifetime. Even though men and women’s onset of schizophrenia takes place at different ages, they are equally affected (Butcher, Hooley, & Mineka, 2014).The treatment and prognosis on this disorder have greatly improved. Two of the main treatments for schizophrenia are pharmacotherapies and psychotherapies. There is still a lot that is unknown about schizophrenia. Research is being done on a regular basis to collect additional knowledge, to improve treatments, and increases peoples understanding on this disorder. There are a many known cases of schizophrenia, dating back to 1810, before it was even given its clinical name. John Haslam reported the first known case of schizophrenia in London, England in 1810. He explained the patient to have episodes of delusions, which is common in people with schizophrenia. (Butcher, Hooley, & Mineka, 2014). In the 19th century, Emil Kraepelin, a German psychiatrist, was the one that discovered schizophrenia. At the time Kraepelin called it dementia praecox. It wasn’t until 1911 that it was given the diagnostic name, Schizophrenia by Eugen Bleuler (Lewis &

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