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Schizophrenia By Emma Peterson and Emily Paul

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By Emma Peterson and Emily Paul. Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder that effects the brain, that presents itself through severely impaired thinking, emotions and behaviors. The person who is affected are usually unable to filter sensory stimuli, and their perceptions of sound, color and features of their environment are distorted. What is it? What are the symptoms? There are 5 subtypes of Schizophrenia:

Paranoid: This is a combination of false delusions and auditory hallucinations, but not all the emotions and cognitive functions are affected. This delusions usually involve the idea that the patient is being persecuted or harmed by others, or it can be an exaggerated opinion of their own importance but may also include feelings of jealousy and religious belief. This subtype of schizophrenia function at a higher level than other subtypes, but their delusions put them at a risk for suicidal and violent behavior. This type of schizophrenia is characterized by disorganized speech, thinking and behavior, as well as flat or inappropriate emotional responses to situations. The effected person may act strangely or completely withdraw from society. Most patients in this category have weak personality structures before their first episode. Disorganized: This is characterized by disturbances in movement that may include rigidity, stupor, agitation, bizarre posturing and relative imitations of the movements and speech of other people. Sufferers are at risk of malnutrition, exhaustion and self injury. This subtype is most commonly associated with mood disorders. Catatonic: This subtype have positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia that do not meet the specific criteria for paranoid, disorganized or catatonic subtypes. Undifferentiated: This category is for patients who have had at least one acute schizophrenic episode, but do not presently have strong psychotic symptoms, such as delusions and hallucinations. The sufferers may have negative symptoms, such as withdrawal or mild forms of positive symptoms, which indicates that the disorder has not completely resolved. Residual: There are several symptoms that Schizophrenia affected people betray including;
-Social withdrawal
-Inappropriate laughter or crying
-Inability to cry or express joy
-Depression
-Odd or irrational statements
-Strange use of words or way of speaking
-Forgetfulness
-Hallucinations
-Delusions
-Disorganized speech
-Disorganized behavior Symptoms: The most common treatment for a person with Schizophrenia is medication - which help treats the delusions and hallucinations that they experience, The next most common treatment is to hospitalize them until they are stable again. Treatment Common Physical,emotional and physiological effects on the sufferer. - More prone to drug and alcohol abuse, therefore the effects of these abuses on the body; weight loss etc.
- Increased feeling to commit suicide, which can lead to bodily harm.
- Relationship's with people suffer due to withdrawal from social situations.
- Trouble or difficulties in doing everyday normal things due to disorganized thinking.
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