Summary : ' They Are Not Alone '

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Abby Hall
Mr. Grunder
Psychology Period 2
4 November 2015
They Are Not Alone “...Those who are afflicted act bizarrely, say strange things, withdraw from us, and may even try to hurt us. They are no longer the same person-they are mad! We don’t understand why they say and do what they do. We don’t understand the disease process. Rather than a steadily growing tumor, which we can understand, it is as if the person has lost control of his/her brain. How can we sympathize with a person who is possessed by unknown and unforeseen forces? How can we sympathize with a madman or a madwoman?” (Tartavosky) This quote was taken from the book Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Patients, and Providers written by E. Fuller Torrey. The words of this quote are meaningful because the author does a good job of explaining just how mysterious Schizophrenia is. This mental illness can turn a normal person into a madman due to the loss of control of their own mind. The scary thing is, researchers are not sure exactly what causes it. Only about 1% of the population suffers from schizophrenia, yet more people are institutionalized by this disease than any other mental disorder. (Griggs) This paper will outline the causes, treatments, and case studies of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a disease that most people have heard of. However, many of us are still ignorant to this disease, and there is still a lot to be learned about it. It is known that Schizophrenia is a brain disorder,

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