Genetic Disorders: Schizophrenia

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Genetic Disorders:
Schizophrenia

April 18,2011

Background
Genetic Disorders occur when there is a change or mutation in the information contained in the genes. When cells get older or they have been exposed to something harmful disorders can occur. Genetic disorders can be caused by a mutation in one gene called monogenic disorder, by mutations in multiple genes called multifactorial inheritance disorder, by a combination of gene mutations and environmental factors, or by damage to chromosomes when there is changes in the number or structure of entire chromosome. History

Schizophrenia has been around since 1851 the disease was referred to as “Folie Circulaire.” It was not until 1911 when the actual term “schizophrenia” was used to identify the disease. Many known celebrities live with schizophrenia like Bob Mosley, Meera Popkin, Tom Harrell, etc. These are all musicians who had the help and support of family, friends, counselors, and even there fans. There are organizations like The International Mental Health Research Organization that provides schizophrenia support groups. NAMI

3803 N. Fairfax Dr., Ste. 100
Arlington, VA 22203
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Diagnosis
The physical characteristics of schizophrenia are:
Inability to smile or express emotion through the face.
Staring, while in deep thought, with infrequent blinking.
Insomnia or excessive sleeping.
Difficulty focusing on slow moving objects.
Unusual gestures or postures.
The psychological characteristics of Schizophrenia are:
Poor concentration/ memory
Racing thoughts
Making up new words
Difficulty understanding simple things
Conversations that seem deep, but are not logical or coherent Delusion or false beliefs
Children who have a parent with schizophrenia have a 13% to 15% increase risk for getting schizophrenia. The risk for grandchildren decreases. 1% of people worldwide have schizophrenia which is just about 7,000,000 individuals. Schizophrenia is a chromosomal...
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