communications, and emotions, including delusions and hallucinations.
(Psychology: An Introduction,Charles D. Morris with Albert A. Maisto) It's
quite horrendous. First of all, you've got somebody that you love, a child that
you've raised. And then suddenly, the child becomes a crazy person. Better
drugs and new ways of treating schizophrenia are enabling more of the
disease's victims to live in society instead of institutions, and even to hold
down jobs. Schizophrenia can be detected in childhood--even traced to the
womb. These malfunctions may be wired into the brain before birth. There is
mounting evidence that schizophrenia reflects deviation in development rather
than a backwards process that begins in maturity. Scientists,whose findings
have already paved the way for a greater understanding of schizophrenia, and
researchers around the world are hunting for underlying causes of the disease.
People diagnosed with schizophrenia display a wide-ranging breakdown of
perception and thought. A glitch in the timing of cell responses across broad
swaths of brain tissue may help account for these people's fragmented
experience of the world, according to a new study. In the brains of
schizophrenia sufferers, electrical activity fails to synchronize with a specific
sound frequency as it does in the brains of mentally healthy people. Improved
drugs to fight psychosis--the loss of contact with reality that afflicts
schizophrenics--are already coming on the market, and some researchers... [continues]
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