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This is a project for 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:

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  1. 1. Schizophrenia<br />Matt Stanhope<br />Jocham<br />4th Period<br />This is a project for 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:<br />
  2. 2. What is Schizophrenia?<br />Schizophrenia is a mental illness affecting about 1% of people<br />Causes people to have a split personality and sometimes experience hallucinations<br />People with schizophrenia usually are out of touch with reality<br />
  3. 3. Brain Images with PET scans<br />
  4. 4. Types of Schizophrenia <br />Paranoid Schizophrenia- individual is paranoid with one or more delusions or auditory hallucinations.<br />Disorganized schizophrenia- disorganized speech and behavior, as well as inappropriate. <br />Catatonic schizophrenia- has at least two of the following symptoms: difficulty moving, resistance to moving, abnormal movements, excessive movement and/or repeating what others say or do. <br />
  5. 5. Types of Schizo Continued<br /><ul><li>Undifferentiated schizophrenia- characterized by episodes of two or more of the following symptoms: delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech or behavior, catatonic behavior or negative symptoms. </li></ul>Residual schizophrenia- the sufferer has less severe forms of the disorder or has only negative symptoms such as withdrawal, disinterest, and not speaking.<br />
  6. 6. The experience of auditory hallucinations can be very scary at times. Sometimes when I am lying in my bed I can hear voices talking to me through the wall.<br />
  7. 7. History of Schizophrenia<br />The history of schizophrenia dates back to the Ancient Greek and Roman societies where many of the symptoms of schizophrenia were described in people.<br />Before scientists came to know of the illness it was thought that these people were possessed by an evil spirit.<br />
  8. 8. The voices I hear sometimes tell me to do bad things. I have to fight the urge I have to do them by remembering that it is the wrong thing to do.<br />
  9. 9. Causes of Schizophrenia<br />Not directly passed on genetically<br />No single cause for the illness<br />Chances can increase if your mother got a certain infection during pregnancy<br />Dramatic events during childhood also increase your risk of developing it<br />
  10. 10. Symptoms and Signs<br />Delusions<br />Hallucinations<br />Disorganized behavior<br />Inhibition of facial expressions<br />Lack of motivation<br />Catatonic behavior<br />Memory loss<br />
  11. 11. I struggle speaking so I have trouble socializing and meeting new friends. When I do speak I usually don’t make sense so that also discourages me to talk.<br />
  12. 12. How do you know?<br />There is no one test that positively indicates that someone has schizophrenia. Doctors diagnose this disorder by using medical, family, and mental-health information. Some of the best indicators is looking at the persons entire life and environment. There is also a physical examination and lab tests to evaluate the person's general health.<br />
  13. 13. I am always paranoid that people are stealing money from me so I usually hide my wallet if I don’t have it on me.<br />
  14. 14. Treatments<br />Antipsychotic medication<br />Psychosocial treatments<br />Rehabilitations<br />Cognitive behavior therapy<br />Risperidone (Risperdal)<br />
  15. 15. Substance Abuse<br />People with schizophrenia get addicted to nicotine at three times the rate of regular people.<br />Makes antipsychotic medications less effective<br />
  16. 16. Using marijuana was most likely one reason I developed schizophrenia. If I used it anymore it makes my psychotic symptoms worse so I have had to completely stop. <br />
  17. 17. When is it diagnosed? <br />Usually symptoms start around 20-30<br />Men usually develop symptoms earlier than women<br />Affects both men and women equally<br />
  18. 18. Some days all I want to do is just lay in my bed. I have not motivation to do anything.<br />
  19. 19. Famous People with Schizophrenia<br />Dr James Watson- co-discorver of DNA and noble prize winner.<br />Lionel Aldridge- NFL football player and Super Bowl champion. <br />John Nash- famous mathematician and noble prize winner.<br />
  20. 20. My schizophrenia sometimes causes me to have memory loss witch causes me to lose track of my things very easily.<br />