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Transcript of schizophrenia project
and Gwen Olson Per.3 10/24/12 Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder that affects 2.4 million Americans every year and over 25 million people worldwide. Nobody knows exactly how it is caused, but research suggests several ways. One way is that it runs in the family. Another way is the environment. The most common explanation an imbalance of brain chemicals. What is Schizophrenia? Signs may very from person to person but include the following:
- Distortions in thought content
-Hearing, feeling, tasting, or seeing things that others don't
-disorganized speech and behavior
-losing interest in everyday activities like bathing, grooming, and getting dressed
-feeling out of touch with family, friends, and other people
-lack of feeling or emotion Symptoms and Signs antiphsychotic medications are the most effective treatment. They change the balance of chemicals in the brain and can help control symptoms.
But when schizophrenia does not improve with antiphychotics, the medication clozapine can be helpful. It is the most effective for reducing symptoms, but also tend to cause more side effects than other antiphsychotics.
Schizophrenia is a life long illness, most people wit this condition need to stay on medication for the rest of their life. Types of Treatment Famous people with schizophrenia *Mary Todd Lincoln
*Albert Einstein's son
*John Nash There is no found cure for Schizophrenia. And while it is a life long illness, there are ways to help manage it such as taking medication and also having psychological support. imbalance of brain chemicals Statistics of Schizophrenia Mary Todd Lincoln John Nash The incidence of schizophrenia is 1.4x higher in males than in females, and men typically exhibit symptoms at an earlier age and have a worse prognosis Schizophrenia affects approximately 1% of the population over 18 years of age People with schizophrenia are 12 times more likely to die from suicide than the general population someone is more likely to get schizophrenia if it runs in their family (see chart) -There are more Americans with schizophrenia than there are residents in North Dakota and Wyoming combined.
-75% of people with schizophrenia develop the illness between the ages of 16 and 25
-The most well-known symptom of schizophrenia is hallucinations
-People with the disease hear "voices" inside their head
-More mental health beds in a hospital are occupied by patients with schizophrenia than any other mental disease
-25% of the people with the disease recover completely over time
-50% of the people with the disease improve over time
-25% of the people with the disease never recover from the illness Interesting facts about Schizophrenia Prognosis An example of schizophrenia Works Cited Schizophrenia: A Personality Disorder Board, A.D.A.M. Editorial. "Schizophrenia." Schizophrenia. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 13 Feb. 2012. Web. 20 Sept. 2012. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001925>. Symptoms of Schizophrenia." Symptoms of Schizophrenia. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2012. <http://www.invegasustenna.com/symptoms-of-schizophrenia>. "Schizophrenia." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 18 Sept. 2012. Web. 20 Sept. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schizophrenia>. Schizophrenia Tip Sheet â Facts About Schizophrenia Â« Helpstartshere.org." Schizophrenia Tip Sheet â Facts About Schizophrenia Â« Helpstartshere.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2012. <http://www.helpstartshere.org/mind-and-spirit/schizophrenia/schizophrenia-tip-sheet-facts-about-schizophrenia.html>. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grfEcyYxQxs