Symptoms, And Treatment Of Schizophrenia

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Overview, Symptoms, and Treatment for Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that is affecting people’s lives every day. There isn’t a cure for this disorder and it is lifelong. Schizophrenia can affect a person’s thoughts, emotions, and actions. People with this disorder can have a hard time figuring out what is real and what isn’t real. A common side effect to schizophrenia is hallucinations and delusions. Another common side effect is social withdrawal, which means that they avoid social interaction. Patients with schizophrenia undergo lots of medications, therapies, and are taken to specialists to get help. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that usually starts at a young age for people. Statistics show that 9 out of 10 men…show more content…
In the undifferentiated subtype, the patient has bits and pieces of the paranoid, disorganized, and catatonic type. They can’t be diagnosed to a subtype since they share symptoms of each of them. The residual subtype has some of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia but do not have psychotic episodes at that current time. To be in this subtype, they had to have had at least one psychotic breakdown. The list of these subtypes was removed in the DSM-5 and are now listed under Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders (Atkins, Frey, Key, & Wienclaw, 2012). Delusions Delusions are one of the most common symptoms to schizophrenia. Delusions are false beliefs that the patient believes is true. An example is when the patient believes someone is following them or “out to get them”. Just like schizophrenia, delusions also have subtypes. The first subtype is erotomanic which is when they believe that someone is in love with them and they will go through many obstacles just to try to contact them. The next subtype is grandiose. Grandiose is when the person believes that they are famous or have a lot of power over others. The persecution subtype is when they feel that someone is against them or spreading rumors about them. The forth subtype is jealousy, and is when the patient believes that their spouse isn’t being committed to the relationship. The final subtype to delusions is somatic. The patient believes that there is
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