About Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by abnormalities in the perception of reality. The causes, though largely unknown, are thought to be genetically related. There are currently over 2 Million people in the US that suffer from schizophrenia.
Symptoms Delusions/Hallucinations Loss of appetite Social withdrawal Neologisms Suspiciousness Feeling of being controlled by outside sources Inability to express emotions Depression Trouble paying attention
History Schizophrenia was first diagnosed as a mental illness in 1887, but has been present in mankind for many centuries. The term schizophrenia was first coined in 1911 by a Swiss psychiatrist. Schizophrenia is Greek for “split-brain”, to describe the fragmented thinking of those suffering from the illness.
Treatment Schizophrenia is generally treated with a combination of drugs and psychotherapy. The medications usually consist of antipsychotic, antidepressant, and anti-anxiety drugs. Almost three-quarters of schizophrenia patients cease taking their drugs within a month of the prescription as a result of paranoia. For this reason psychotherapy is prescribed alongside medications.
Causes Although genes is the most accepted cause of schizophrenia, there are other causes that researches believe are prevalent in the causing of schizophrenia. Social influences often play a part in Schizophrenia development. Somebody with a social disadvantage such as poverty is more likely to develop the disorder. Substance abuse can also lead to the development of Schizophrenia.
Cure Although there is no present cure for Schizophrenia, science is optimistic that one is not far off. Some researchers insist that schizophrenia has no cure, that the best they can do is to simply treat symptoms, but new research suggests a cure will arise in the near future.