Symptoms And Treatment Of Schizophrenia

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Introduction
Throughout this paper I will discuss schizophrenia, what the characteristics associated with it are, how schizophrenia is diagnosed, treated, side effects, prognosis and how it impacts the person and people involved with them. I will also discuss how this disease has personally impacted my patient who has struggled with this disease for many years.
Client Assessment
My patient is a Native American female between the ages of 30-40. She is currently unemployed who has a history of being sexually, physically and emotionally abused by her father while growing up starting at the age of 2 years old. She is the oldest of four other siblings that she states she is no longer close with as she has “burned her bridges with everyone”. She started using drugs and alcohol when she was about 12 years old and dropped out of high school in the 10th grade. She is currently separated from her husband whom she has three kids with between the ages of 2-12. She was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in her mid-20s and stated that her sister was diagnosed with bipolar a few years ago. She has a history of alcohol and drug use consisting of methamphetamine, heroin, oxycontin and marijuana. She has had multiple ER visits and psychiatric admissions over the past 10 years. Prior to her current hospitalization she was previously in a treatment program for drug use which she eloped from and was unable to be found for almost two months. Law enforcement was contacted by an individual…
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