Schizophrenia

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* WHAT IS SCHIZOPHRENIA?
Schizophrenia is a chronic, disabling & complex mental disorder characterized by disintegration of thought processes & of emotional responsiveness. It most commonly manifests itself as auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganized speech &thinking. It is accompanied by significant social or occupational dysfunction. Schizophrenia makes it difficult to tell the difference between real & unreal experiences, think logically, have normal emotional responses & behave normally in social situations.

HOW DO PEOPLE WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA BEHAVE?
People with schizophrenia have an altered perception of reality, often a significant loss of contact with reality. They may see or hear things that don’t exist, speak in strange or confusing ways, believe that others are trying to harm them, or feel like they’re being constantly watched. With such a blurred line between the real & the imaginary, schizophrenia makes it difficult- even frightening- to negotiate the activities of daily life. In response, people with this disease may withdraw from the outside world or act out in confusion & fear.

AT WHAT AGES IS SCHIZOPHRENIA LIKELY TO OCCUR?
In most cases schizophrenia appears in the late teens or early adulthood. For men, the avrg. Age of onset is 25. For women, typical onset is around the age of 30. However, schizophrenia can appear for the 1st time in middle age or even later. In rare cases, schizophrenia can even affect young children & adolescents, although the symptoms are slightly different. In general, the earlier schizophrenia develops, the more severe it is. schizophrenia also tends to be more severe in men tan in women.

SCHIZOPHRENIA IN BLACK SWAN
Portman plays Nina, a principal ballerina for the NYC Ballet Company who has newly acquired the lead in Swan Lake, a classic story depicting the virgin/whore dichotomy that men face when choosing a lover. Nina is overshadowed by her...
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