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  1. 1. Disclaimer This is a project for an 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, Laura Astorian:
  2. 2. Schizophrenia An insight into my ailment
  3. 3. Introduction • Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by a breakdown of thought processes and by impaired emotional responses. • This means that I have trouble functioning socially because I have voices in my head that tell me what to do and they influence my thinking. • I am taking medications like Clozapine and they help me, but the voices in my head keep telling me to discard them.
  4. 4. History of Schizophrenia • The causes of Schizophrenia are still widely unknown. • Schizophrenia was actually first identified in 1887, but can be traced back to thousands of years ago, which means that it has been recurring throughout history. • The word schizophrenia comes from Greek roots, schizo meaning split and phrenia meaning mind, to describe the fragmented thinking of people with the disorder.
  5. 5. Information on Schizophrenia • The symptoms of Schizophrenia usually begin between 15 and 25 years old for males, with females develop it later (around age 30). • It is rare for a person to develop Schizophrenia before 10 years of age and after 40 years of age. • Schizophrenia occurs in all societies regardless of class, color, religion, culture, etc.
  6. 6. Information (Continued) • Rates of schizophrenia are similar from country to country, between .5 and 1 percent of the population.
  7. 7. Causes of Schizophrenia • The leading theory of what causes Schizophrenia is that it is a result of genetic predisposition with an environmental exposure, and or stress during pregnancy to trigger the disorder. • Studies have shown that drugs such as marijuana and cannabis can also lead to Schizophrenia
  8. 8. Treatment of Schizophrenia • In the early 1900’s, Adrenaline, ECT, and insulin comas were used to treat Schizophrenia. • After the 1950’s, antipsychotic medications such as Clozapine and Zyprexa were used to treat Schizophrenia.
  9. 9. Treatment (Continued) • Antipsychotic medications effectively control hallucinations, delusions, and confusions that schizophrenics face, as they normalize the biochemical imbalances in the brain.
  10. 10. Prognosis with Treatment • A person afflicted with Schizophrenia must take their antipsychotic medication on a regular basis • After 10 years of treatment, 25% of Schizophrenics completely recover.
  11. 11. Prognosis (Continued) • After 10 Years: 25% are relatively independent 25% have improved their functioning capabilites Overall, at least 75% of the people find their conditions to improve with medication!
  12. 12. Life with Schizophrenia • I can never find peace because the voice in my head always tell me that something is wrong.
  13. 13. Life with Schizophrenia • The medications help a great deal, as they dull the voices in my head. Without the voices telling me what to do, I can function somewhat properly.
  14. 14. Life with Schizophrenia • I have trouble trusting people and don’t have any friends.
  15. 15. Life with Schizophrenia • My family is bent on making me take medications, which I do not like at all.
  16. 16. Life with Schizophrenia • I sometimes sit still for hours, talking to the voices in my head.
  17. 17. Life with Schizophrenia • I feel that everyone is plotting against me, even my family sometimes seems like they’re trying to trick me .
  18. 18. Life with Schizophrenia • I’m glad I don’t have to undergo electric shock therapy, as if I were born 50 years ago, that would have been the norm for people like me.
  19. 19. How I became Schizophrenic • I was undergoing a lot of stress from work and school and started becoming paranoid, and soon heard voices in my head. I even hear them today.
  20. 20. Will there be a cure? • I truly hope that there will be a cure to my illness. I cannot stand the thought of having to listen to evil voices all day.
  21. 21. Thank You!