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Starting at the age 14, I have seen my Aunt Carmen act strangely. To start, she is handicapped. I always thought that maybe she was talking to her self because of her disorder. One day my mother suggested that my Aunt and my Grandma should come and live with us. We were all hesitant, meaning my sisters and I, because we never understood my Aunt. She always seemed “weird” when we were near her. My Grandma decided to move in with my Aunt. Since we were a room short, I offered for my Aunt to sleep in my room until my Dad was able to build another room for them. After about two months or so, my Aunt started to claim she saw witches and that they were going to kill her. She would scream and cry, telling us that the witches were flying over her head. We all wondered why she was making up such silly stories. We always suggested that we should take her to see a doctor, but my Grandma always made excuses for her. Till one day, my family and I were sitting in my living room ! and my aunt was in my room and we heard a loud crashing noise with a lot of glass breakage. We all ran inside my room to find out that my Aunt trashed my room. She was dancing around naked and her excuse was that the witches made her do it. We took her to the hospital where she was diagnosed with schizophrenia. In reading the textbook, “Exploring Psychology” by David Myers I have read his writings on schizophrenia. Myers stated that schizophrenia will affect one in one hundred people across the world and that males and females are affected almost equally. Myers’ definition of schizophrenia is that is a group of severe psychotic disorders characterized by disorganized and delusional thinking, disturbed perceptions, and inappropriate emotions and actions. Myers stated that millions of people around the world do talk strangely, suffer delusions, hear nonexistent voices, see things that are not there, laugh or cry at inappropriate times, or withd...

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