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The genetics of schizophrenia theory.

Hannah Chipps

on 29 April 2010

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Schizophrenia The deadly mental disorder. Could it be genetic? What is it? By Hannah Chipps, Ali Hixenbaugh and Quinn Richardson Period 4, 2010 Other names:
Hebephrenic Shizophrenia and Disorganized Schizophrenia History Timeline Genetic Links Affect on society What is in the future? Resources Schizophrenia is
a "chronic, severe and disabling brain disease."
Symptoms include: hearing internal voices, thinking that other people can read their minds, controlling thoughts, or planning to hurt them.
Schizophrenics can also witness hallucinations and delusions.

www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000937.htm Stone age Holes found in skulls
(due to the belief that holes let the "evil spirits") 15th Century Hallucinations and delusions were thought of as evidence to show that human whas possesed 16th Century The idea for confinement and jails for schizophrenics became popular 17th Century Psychiatric hospitals developed in Europe 19th Century Psychiatry blossomed and research about the mind began. 1899 German scientist Emil Kraepelin identified schizophrenia as a mental illness, calling it Dementia Praecox, or Dementia of early life 1950's The first antipsychotic medicine was put to use 20th Century In order to find treatments, many patients were put under trial and error drugs. The treatments were often harmful and painful thus rendering unsuccessful. Today; Scientists are still searching for the causes of schizophrenia, though they have found many theories, including genetics. Still wondering what this disease is? The symptoms that tell: Colors, sounds and tastes are altered in a strange way mild feelings of tension Inability to sleep and/or concentrate loss of interest in school, work, friends or family Hallucinations and illusions Delusions Disordered thinking Lack of emotions and emotional expression inappropriate reactions Low energy Low motivation Less lively behavior Inability to make or keep friends Social Isolation Poor memory Note** these symptoms come and go in cycles Symptoms appear gradually or suddenly Schizophrenia is not ENTIRELY genetic But there are Factors that make it genetic There are a lot of genes that contribute to schizophrenia not all exibit full responsibility Schizophrenia, like diabetes, has genetic and environmental factors It may be preventable Experts reccomend that one should keep track of their family's genetic history, in order to see if you are succeptable Schizophrenia runs in families Risk factors 10 percent chance increase if you have a family member with schizophrenia 40 percent increase if both parents, or an identical twin has the disease 60 percent of schizophrenics have no close relatives with the illness Scientists suspect that genetics is a major factor in the development of schizophrenia 2.4 million schizophrenics live in america alone 1 percent of the world has schizophrenia. Thats roughly 60 million people! This illness can kill a person. People normally assume that schizophrenics are dangerous and violent, which is not always the case When not understood by others, people insist that the human beings affected need to be locked away, which can be wrong Scientists are looking toward early intervention (stopping the disease) and prevention Improving the quality of life for schizophrenics Creating a medical field specializing in the recovery, cure and prevention of schizophrenia Genetic studies will change from the syndrome side of schizophrenia to the pathological genetics of the disease ehealthmd.com schizophrenia.com
emental-health.com healthieryou.com answers.enclclopedia.com
eurekalert.org psychiatry.uiowa.edu
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