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  • 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: jocham@fultonschools.org
  • Causes
    • 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.
  • Symptoms
    • Appearance that shows no emotion
    • Catatonic behavior
    • Delusions
    • Hallucinations
    • Disordered Thinking
  • 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
      • Developmental Background
  • Treatments
    • Antipsychotic medications can be the most effective treatment for schizophrenia.
    • Common side effects from these medications may include
      • Sleepiness
      • Weight Gain
      • Muscle Spasms
  • 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.
  • Expectations
    • 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.
  • Complications
    • People with schizophrenia have a high risk of developing a substance abuse problem.
      • Use of alcohol or other drugs increase the risk of relapse
      • Inactive lifestyle
      • Not taking complications
  • Prevention
    • 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!!!
  • Flat Affect
    • I often don’t show any emotions when people talk to me. I feel like nothing is worth expressing feelings.
  • Catatonic Behavior
    • When people crack jokes I find nothing funny and when I’m at school I find myself not talking to anyone.
  • Delusions
    • 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.
  • Hallucinations
    • 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.
  • Disorganized Speech
    • 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.
  • Inappropriate Reaction
    • 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!
  • Medication
    • When the doctor prescribed me some medication called Clozapine it caused me to twitch .
  • Depression
    • I often feel much anxiety and depressed all the time. Sometimes I won’t even eat because of the mood I’m in.
  • Conclusion
    • 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.