Living with Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a disorder that has many areas involved in it including major disturbances in perception, language, thought, emotion, and behavior. It is really sad to know that some people have such severe cases that they cannot operate in the everyday world and are forced to be institutionalized. World-wide we see that at least one in every 250 people is affected by schizophrenia at some point in their lives (Karagianis, Hill, 2010). This is quite a large amount of people when you break it down, this is showing that just here in the United States there are approximately 1,360,000 people affected by schizophrenia some point in their life. With science growing everyday most of us are unaware of the new discoveries that are found about this awful disorder that plagues such are a large number of our world’s population. New founded science shows us that medications as well as a comfortable environment can actually help control some of the symptoms of schizophrenia (Smerud, Rosenfarb, 2011). Some may wonder how this disease came about, well that answer is a little more complex than you might think, schizophrenia originated in the 1900’s and even after decades of research many people affected by the disease fail to maintain normal patterns of goal orientated behavior (Heerly, Matveeva, Gold, 2011). Without the knowledge of this disease our world will continue to be effected with little or no hope of a cure.
When a case of schizophrenia is diagnosed to be severe a person may actually lose all hope in continuing their life. Severe cases have many symptoms such as hallucinations, disorganized behavior, and disorganized speech. There are three main types of schizophrenia, paranoid schizophrenia, disorganized schizophrenia, and catatonic schizophrenia. Paranoid schizophrenia is absurd or suspicious ideas or beliefs, disorganized schizophrenia is when a person gradually retreats into his/her own fantasies, this normally comes on at a younger age, and catatonic schizophrenia is when someone has a disturbance in movement which in most cases is a decrease in motor activity (Purdon, Waldie, Woodward, Wilman, Tibbo, 2011). Knowing the difference in the types of schizophrenia can be vital in how you attempt to treat an individual who has been diagnosed.
There are many ways that can help control the symptoms of schizophrenia and even though there is not a cure, these strategies can actually help one who suffers from the disease live a relatively normal life. One way to help is to use family and close relatives to show the patient that they have support. However, it is imperative that family and close relatives give a patient with schizophrenia room and try not to crowd them as they will most likely panic (Delevoye-Terral, Vienne, Coello, 2011). Another form of helping a patient keep their symptoms controlled is through various medications. However, this is the last resort, you do not want to bring on an even bigger problem of addiction to medications as well as dealing with the symptoms of schizophrenia.
Studies show that social workers are able to help those families that do not have the means to get the help they need due to money constraints as well as facilities near them (Guada, Venable, 2011). These studies also revealed that the social workers can look up information online to help the families do what they can to move forward with the diagnosis. “Studies using physiological measures of emotional response have also found that people with schizophrenia exhibit responses to evocative stimuli that are more similar than dissimilar to those of people without schizophrenia” (Kring, Germans Gard, Gard, 2011). This shows that patients that are diagnosed with schizophrenia are not that different from you or me when it comes to emotional experience.
With everything that has come out in the last few years it is clear that scientist are coming closer everyday with finding a way to...
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