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Schizophrenia

Misunderstood and Maintainable
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Whitney Gore

on 4 November 2013

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Transcript of Schizophrenia

Parts of the brain
affected.
Schizophrenia must be diagnosed by a doctor because of the relation of symptoms to Bi-Polar disorder and Major depression.
Schizophrenia is characterized by profound disruption in cognition and emotion, affecting the most fundamental human attributes: language, thought, perception, affect, and sense of self.
(Schizophrenia.com)
Diagnosis
Symptoms
Symptoms may include hallucinations, delusions, disordered thinking, movement disorders, "flat affect", social withdrawl, and cognitive deficits.
Treatments
Schizophrenia
Medication is a common treatment towards schizophrenia. Some common medications are Trifluoperazine, Fluanxol, Loxapac, and Abilify. These medicaitons can also treat other disorders such as depression or bi-polar disorder. Therapies are another sort of treatment but should be paired with antipsychotic medications.
Prognosis and Severity
There isn't a known cure for Schizophrenia; however, there are medications a treatment to reduce the severity of the symptoms. After 10 years 50% improve and can function independently. 25% are improved but require a strong support network. 15% remain unimproved and are generally hospitalized. 10% end up commiting suicide. Schizophrenia can become fatal since people with schizophrenia have a greater chance of commiting suicide than the general population.
Prevalence
Schizophrenia is a disease that typically begins in early adulthood; between the ages of 15 and 25. Men tend to get develop schizophrenia slightly earlier than women; whereas most males become ill between 16 and 25 years old, most females develop symptoms several years later, and the incidence in women is noticably higher in women after age 30. The average age of onset is 18 in men and 25 in women. Schizophrenia onset is quite rare for people under 10 years of age, or over 40 years of age.
schizophrenia.com
Cause
There isn't a known cause for Schizophrenia. Many believe that the factors are genetic, behavioral, or environmental.
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