Treatments For Schizophrenia And Its Effects On Society

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Treatments for Schizophrenia
M. Arah Enoh
Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe brain disorder which causes people to have odd thoughts, disturbed emotions and motor abnormalities (Carpenter, 2015). It is usually followed by psychosis, disconnecting from reality. People sometimes hear thoughts; some may think others are plotting against them. Even though individuals with schizophrenia have split personalities, it does not mean they are violent or dangerous. Schizophrenic people do not make sense when they speak. Approximately 1 of every 100 people in the world suffers from schizophrenia during his or her lifetime (Lindenmayer & Khan, 2012). An estimated 24 million people worldwide are afflicted with this disorder, 2.5 million people in the United States (NIMH, 2015). This disorder tends to affect people in the lower levels of the social economical classes. It is called having a downward drift by which having schizophrenia can cause someone to function poorly and go from a high to low social economical level. People with schizophrenia often rely on families and their environments for help them daily with daily tasks (NIMH, 2015). Schizophrenia causes symptoms: positive, negative, and psychomotor. Current treatments for schizophrenia are the second generation antipsychotic.
Causes and symptoms vary between individuals. The causes of schizophrenia are unknown, however some researchers say it is caused by genetics (Piotrowksi
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