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  1. 1. 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:
  2. 2. Causes <ul><li>Experts are not sure on what causes it. </li></ul><ul><li>Genetics may play a role </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For example, during development in the mother’s womb or stressful psychological experiences may increase the risk. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. How common is it? <ul><li>Schizophrenia affects about 1% of people worldwide. It occurs equally among men and women. In women it tends to begin later and be milder. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Symptoms <ul><li>Appearance that shows no emotion </li></ul><ul><li>Catatonic behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Delusions </li></ul><ul><li>Hallucinations </li></ul><ul><li>Disordered Thinking </li></ul>
  5. 5. Signs and Tests <ul><li>The following factors may suggest a schizophrenia diagnosis, but may not conform it </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How long symptoms have lasted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Changes from level of function </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developmental Background </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Treatments <ul><li>Antipsychotic medications can be the most effective treatment for schizophrenia. </li></ul><ul><li>Common side effects from these medications may include </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sleepiness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weight Gain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Muscle Spasms </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Support Programs and Treatment <ul><li>Problem-focused therapy maybe helpful for many people </li></ul><ul><li>Behavioral Techniques can be used to improve function socially and at work. </li></ul><ul><li>Family Treatments that combine support and education. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Expectations <ul><li>Most people with schizophrenia find that their symptoms improve with medication </li></ul><ul><li>However, others have functional disability and are at risk for repeated episodes, especially during the early stages of the illness. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Complications <ul><li>People with schizophrenia have a high risk of developing a substance abuse problem. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of alcohol or other drugs increase the risk of relapse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inactive lifestyle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not taking complications </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Prevention <ul><li>There is no known way to prevent schizophrenia. </li></ul>
  11. 11. How I feel? <ul><li>Schizophrenia makes me feel paranoid all the time with many voices running through my head. I feel like someone is out to get me!!! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Flat Affect <ul><li>I often don’t show any emotions when people talk to me. I feel like nothing is worth expressing feelings. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Catatonic Behavior <ul><li>When people crack jokes I find nothing funny and when I’m at school I find myself not talking to anyone. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Delusions <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Hallucinations <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Disorganized Speech <ul><li>Whenever I do talk to a person, I find myself shifting from one topic to another. </li></ul><ul><li>Also I make up words that have no meaning and say things over and over again. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Inappropriate Reaction <ul><li>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! </li></ul>
  18. 18. Medication <ul><li>When the doctor prescribed me some medication called Clozapine it caused me to twitch . </li></ul>
  19. 19. Depression <ul><li>I often feel much anxiety and depressed all the time. Sometimes I won’t even eat because of the mood I’m in. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Conclusion <ul><li>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. </li></ul>