SCHIZOPHRENIA!!! This is a high school AP Psychology course. This is a fictionalized account of having a psychological ailment. For questions about this blog project or its content please email the teacher Chris Jocham: firstname.lastname@example.org
Experts are not sure on what causes it.
Genetics may play a role
For example, during development in the mother’s womb or stressful psychological experiences may increase the risk.
How common is it?
Schizophrenia affects about 1% of people worldwide. It occurs equally among men and women. In women it tends to begin later and be milder.
Appearance that shows no emotion
Signs and Tests
The following factors may suggest a schizophrenia diagnosis, but may not conform it
How long symptoms have lasted
Changes from level of function
Antipsychotic medications can be the most effective treatment for schizophrenia.
Common side effects from these medications may include
Support Programs and Treatment
Problem-focused therapy maybe helpful for many people
Behavioral Techniques can be used to improve function socially and at work.
Family Treatments that combine support and education.
Most people with schizophrenia find that their symptoms improve with medication
However, others have functional disability and are at risk for repeated episodes, especially during the early stages of the illness.
People with schizophrenia have a high risk of developing a substance abuse problem.
Use of alcohol or other drugs increase the risk of relapse
Not taking complications
There is no known way to prevent schizophrenia.
How I feel?
Schizophrenia makes me feel paranoid all the time with many voices running through my head. I feel like someone is out to get me!!!
I often don’t show any emotions when people talk to me. I feel like nothing is worth expressing feelings.
When people crack jokes I find nothing funny and when I’m at school I find myself not talking to anyone.
At school and when I’m at home, I feel like people are constantly talking about me. I feel my mom will punish me if I say anything to her.
When I’m out in public I hear voices telling me to do bad things. They also tell me that no one likes me and I should harm the people around me.
Whenever I do talk to a person, I find myself shifting from one topic to another.
Also I make up words that have no meaning and say things over and over again.
When I went to my grandmother’s funeral, I suddenly started laughing out of nowhere and everybody stared at me. I knew something was wrong with me!
When the doctor prescribed me some medication called Clozapine it caused me to twitch .
I often feel much anxiety and depressed all the time. Sometimes I won’t even eat because of the mood I’m in.
Schizophrenia is a disorder that I’m learning to cope with. It is very hard at times but I think I may be able to get through it.