Taking a Look at Schizophrenia

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What is schizophrenia? “Schizo” meaning split, and “phrenia” meaning mind. Schizophrenia is a disorder of the brain that has affected many individuals throughout history. Usually starting in childhood or early adulthood, it is rare for schizophrenia to start after one has reached adulthood. Before schizophrenia was discovered, those with the disorder were considered to be possessed, therefore causing them to be feared or locked up away from those that did not have the disorder. Schizophrenia is chronic and severe, and it affects those diagnosed with it strongly to the point where they cannot function in the real world. They have social issues, hear voices and things that others cannot hear, and feel like others are out to hurt them.
Schizophrenia occurs in both women and men, and only about one percent of Americans have it. Men tend to experience the symptoms of the disorder before the women do. There is not one single factor that causes schizophrenia because it is caused by multiple things in clusters such as genetic factors, environmental influences, and psychological or social influences. Schizophrenia usually starts to affect men between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five, and between ages twenty-five and thirty-five in women. Depending on the person, the disorder can occur suddenly and fast, or it can be so slow that the individual does not even know they can it for a while.
Diagnosing schizophrenia is done by watching and observing the patients actions. The doctor
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