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What is Schizophrenia?
Can you imagine living day by day having to hear and see things that nobody else could? You feel alone, lost and different amongst other "normal" people. Believe it or not, approximately twenty five million people in America have been impacted by this disease called schizophrenia. What is schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is mental disorder distinguished by disturbances within thought patterns, attention, and emotions. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for schizophrenia, but researchers are working hard to find effective treatments for those suffering from this terrible disease.
Signs and Symptoms of Schizophrenia
Schizophrenics often suffer terrifying symptoms such…show more content… Delusions are false unshakable beliefs while hallucinations are incorrect perceptions of events or objects involving senses. Thought disorders (aka disorganized thinking) are dysfunctional ways of thinking that causes a person to talk in a garbled sort of way. In addition, patients with this disorder can make up meaningless words or “neologisms.” Movement disorders can appear as agitated body movements. People that are affected with this disorder may repeat certain motions over and over. It can become so extreme that the person may become catatonic or be in a state in which he or she does not move nor respond to others. If I were to be in such a state, I would not want to have anyone trying to keep me alive because my true self wouldn 't be acknowledged.
Unlike positive symptoms, negative symptoms are associated with disruptions to normal emotions. Patients with negative symptoms suffer from lack of pleasure in daily life, speak very little, and have a “flat affect” or talk in a dull or monotonous voice. These symptoms are harder
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