Schizophrenia

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Schizophrenia

Delusions. Hallucinations. Paranoia. Disorganized speech. Incoherence. Catatonic behavior. Avolition. These are symptoms that can be typically present within people who suffer from one of the most gruesome and common psychological disorders that has plagued mankind for ages, known as schizophrenia. The origins of the disorder known as Schizophrenia are truly unknown since it has been present throughout history, but schizophrenia was first identified as a mental illness by Dr. Emile Kraepelin in 1887. He first used the term dementia praecox before the term schizophrenia was coined by a Swiss psychiatrist, Eugen Bleuler in 1911. The word Schizophrenia actually derives from the Greek words schizo meaning split and phrene meaning mind, thus when combined making the word schizophrenia, literally translated as split mind. "It refers not to a multiple-personality split but rather to split from reality that shows itself in disorganized thinking, disturbed perceptions, and inappropriate emotions and actions." (Myers 622)

Schizophrenia is actually categorized into three different categories. The first one being disorganized schizophrenia, catatonic schizophrenia, and paranoid schizophrenia. Disorganized schizophrenia means the lacking of emotions and disorganized speech. An example of someone suffering from disorganized schizophrenia would be a person who constantly has fragmented thoughts and ideas. Which basically means that he or she is constantly jumping from one story to another having absolutely no significant meaning or correlation to one another during a conversation. Then they could also show signs of the lack of proper emotions. An example of the lack of emotion would be having an inappropriate behavior during a funeral such as laughing instead of showing signs of sorrow and depression.

The second type of schizophrenia is categorized under catatonic schizophrenia, is defined as:
"A form of schizophrenia characterized by a tendency to...
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