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Schizophrenia is a disease of the mind that can cause delusions, trouble with interaction and many other symptoms, however schizophrenia can be categorized into 5 different types.
ParanoidSchizophrenia is categorized by the following symptoms…. Hallucinations (such as hearing voices) Delusions (like thinking people are trying to kill you) Anxiety Anger Emotional Distance Violence Suicidal thoughts and tendencies However, none of these symptoms hinder everyday life
Common Delusions Include: a feeling thatyou are being singled out for harm, maybea belief that a coworker or friend is trying to hurt you.
Those with paranoid schizophrenia also tend to have hallucinations, like hearing or seeing things that no on else can.
This type of schizophrenia is categorized by the following symptoms… Poor speech Antisocial or strange behavior
Disorganized Schizophrenia often causes people toexperience psychosis. Psychosis is when thoughts andemotions become so impaired that all sense of reality islost.
Because those suffering from disorganized schizophrenia often suffer from Psychosis, they often have trouble functioning in everyday reality
Those diagnosed with Catatonic Schizophrenia also suffer from psychosis and have trouble with movements. Those with this disease either are in a coma-like state orhyperactive, however nowadays, it is rare to have this type of schizophrenia due to improved medications.
This type of schizophrenia includes all of the othersymptoms that catatonic, paranoid, and disorganized schizophrenia have, except it cannot be determinedwhich symptoms are more prevalent over the others.Hence, this diagnosis is a hard one to make and even harder to treat.
Residual Schizophrenia is when the patient, has, in the past shown some signs of having one type ofschizophrenia, but little to no symptoms at all. However, patients can still experience delusions and other symptoms.
When, and How and Why does schizophrenia occur.
Schizophrenia is thought to occur in late adolescents or early adulthood. 1% of the US population has schizophrenia and it occurs equally between men and women. However women’s symptoms usually manifest later in life than male’s.
Researchers believe that schizophrenia has something to do with genes. Ithas shown that those with close relatives with schizophrenia have a better chance of having the disease.
Schizophrenia is treated with antipsychotics such as Clozaril. Clozapine aka Clozaril, was the first anti-psychotic drug introduced in the 90’s. While it is effective in treating schizophrenia is also can cause agranulocytosis or the loss of white blood cells. Other drugs such as olanzapine(Zyprexa), quetiapine (Seroquel�), and risperidone (Risperdal�) have less risk that Clozapine however, are not as effective.
Antipsychotics are very effective In treatinghallucinogenic and delusional symptoms but can often have side effects.