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  1. 1. Schizophrenia Done By: Bader Warrayat
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Schizophrenia is the most distressing and disabling mental disorder. The first signs of schizophrenia tend to surface in adolescence or young adulthood. </li></ul><ul><li>Symptoms are confusing and can be distressing to family and friends. People with schizophrenia suffer from problems with their thought processes. These lead to hallucinations, delusions, disordered thinking, and unusual speech or behavior. </li></ul><ul><li>Symptoms affect the ability to interact with others, and often people with schizophrenia withdraw from the outside world. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is the prevalence and frequency of this illness? <ul><li>Research indicates that schizophrenia tends to run in families and is inherited. A child with a parent with schizophrenia has about a 10% chance of developing the illness. In the general population this risk is around 1%.(MILLER 2002) </li></ul>
  4. 4. How does this illness affect relationships? <ul><li>Schizophrenia is a life-long illness and most patients will need treatment for the rest of their lives. This means they will miss out on career opportunities, relationships and friendships. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Because of the lack of public understanding, people with schizophrenia usually feel lonely, and may not want to or are unable to talk about their illness. </li></ul>
  5. 5. What are some strategies with encountering with someone who has this illness ? <ul><li>Usually people with this illness aren’t violent so encountering someone with this illness is not too big of a problem. </li></ul><ul><li> But of course anyone with a mental disability is unstable. Just take care when encountering anyone with any mental disability. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Symptoms <ul><li>Some symptoms of this illness are: </li></ul><ul><li>hallucinations, delusions, disordered thinking, and unusual speech, behavior, hearing voices believing that others are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts or conspiring against them. </li></ul><ul><li>Scientists believe its symptoms are caused by abnormalities in the transfer and processing of information in the brain. Nerve cells in the brain communicate with each other by releasing chemicals from their nerve endings. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The cause <ul><li>There is no known single cause for schizophrenia. Many diseases result from a number of genetic problems. This is probably the case for schizophrenia too. </li></ul><ul><li>Not all the factors that play a role in schizophrenia are understood. However, experts agree that the disease is due to abnormal brain function. ( Johnson 2006) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Treatment <ul><li>Medication is a necessary part of the treatment of schizophrenia. Every product can cause some side-effects. The challenge is to find the medication which helps you to live with schizophrenia in the best possible way, with the least side-effects possible. When you start early with the medication, you have a higher chance that you will be able to lead a normal life and that problems don’t get worse too fast. some ways to help through this illness are: Rehabilitation, Individual psychotherapy, and Family intervention. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Famous people with Schizophrenia <ul><li>There are only a few famous people with schizophrenia because schizophrenia is a brain disorder that typically strikes people when they are quite young - age 17 to 23. People this age are usually too young to be famous. </li></ul><ul><li> Some famous people include Abraham Lincolns wife, and Johnny Nash. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Johnny Nash <ul><li>In 1928 it became apparent when he was young that he was a genius. </li></ul><ul><li>He studied mathematics, and became a brilliant Princeton mathematician in the 1950s. </li></ul><ul><li>He then began to suffer from schizophrenia. He suffered terribly on and off for years. </li></ul><ul><li>He had suffered since </li></ul><ul><li>1959. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Work Cited <ul><li>- E. Fuller Torrey. : Surviving Schizophrenia : A Manual for Families, Patients, and Providers (5th Edition) . Quill; 5th edition (April 1, 2006) </li></ul><ul><li>Ganapathy Subrahmaniam. Intensive program designed to treat early schizophrenia. Jun/17/2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Johnson, Tim. “Schizophrenia” February 9, 2006 http:// . </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Miller, Bill 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>A Beautiful Mind : A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr., Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 1994 </li></ul>