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Schizophrenia

The word schizophrenia comes from Greek for "splipersonality"(Kasschau 468). This isn't exactly true about schizophrenia. It is closer to a split between the intellectual and emotional parts of a single personallity. Schizophrenia affects 1 in 100 people worldwide(466). This disorder quite often misunderstood due to the unrealistic level of the symptoms the indivual suffers. Schizophrenia involves feeling confused and disconnected from the world. Sufferers experience disorganized thoughts, emotions, and perceptions. Knowing about the disorder's subtype, symptoms, diagnois process,causes, and treatment will help the person and the person's family cope with this life-changing mental illness. Schizophrenia is characterized into several subtypes known as paranoid, catatonic, disorganized, remission, or undifferentiated types(467). The paranoid type consists of experiencing constant hallucinations and delusions that can destroy the individual's sense of reality. The catatonic type spends time remaining completely motionless. The person's limbs stick in unusual positions for long periods of time. It could be hours before the suffer's body becomes relaxed. The disorganized type consists of incoherent language, unexplainable emotions, and disorganized motor behavior and thoughts. The last type, remission, is applied to any person whose symptoms are gone or not severe enough to become dianosised with schizophrenia. The undifferentiated type takes all the basic symptoms of schizophrenia all in one. There is no single symptom or set of symptoms that indentifies the presense of schizophrenia (Keefe 21). Two sufferers could have entirely different symptoms, different stages or the illness, and completely different treatment. Two different peoplesuffering from schizophrenia are nothing alike. One common symptom of schizophrenia is hallucinations. Hallucinations are false perceptions that can come through any of the...

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