Symptoms And Symptoms Of Schizophrenia

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Schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder that disrupts the essential ability to perceive what is real and not real (Varcarolis, 2010). This type of disease may be considered as a multitude of conditions but with mutual features and interrelating etiologies. It has been found through research that a person with schizophrenia has a different brain chemistry, neurotransmitter activity, and structure than a healthy human being. There is no single proven cause of schizophrenia, however there are several factors that contribute to the incidence of this disorder. It affects millions of people in the United States and is considered one of the most debilitating and disabling brain disorders. Both men and women are equally affected by schizophrenia in all cultures and ethnic groups. Onset of symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations can begin as early as sixteen years old to thirty years old, and it is atypical for schizophrenia to be seen in anyone over the age of forty-five (“Schizophrenia”). There is a prevalence rate of one in ten thousand children that are diagnosed with schizophrenia, which is miniscule in comparison to the adult prevalence rate. It can be quite problematic when diagnosing an adolescent with schizophrenia because they present with nonspecific symptoms. Insomnia or hypersomnia, irritability, mood swings, change in social relationships and difficulties in school are common behaviors seen in teenagers. It is crucial to assess for family history of…
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