What is Schizophrenia?

985 Words Feb 21st, 2018 4 Pages
It is a mental health disorder that affects a persons’ reality. When the word Schizophrenia is broken into two, schizo means “Split” and phrenia means “mind” (DeWall & Myers, 2014, p.562). According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), about 1% of Americans have schizophrenia. Schizophrenia has many different components such as causes, the people it affects, types of symptoms, and types of schizophrenia all of which will be discussed in this paper. Within schizophrenia symptoms in can be positive or negative and treating these symptoms come with different approaches.
Researchers do not exactly know what causes Schizophrenia, but it is known that Schizophrenia isn’t only caused due to genes or environment. Schizophrenia is caused by a number of different factors. The more factors that play into a person, makes it likely they will become Schizophrenic. In DeWall and Myers (2014), they discuss how prenatal environment can be a risk to developing schizophrenia (p.565). There is a link between women who get sick with the flu during the second trimester of pregnancy and their children getting increased risks of schizophrenia (DeWall & Myers, 2014, p.566). However it is not known what the exact link is yet (DeWall & Myers, 2014, p.566). Also, another environmental factor is famine. Scientists have learned…
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