Schizophrenia is a disease which affects the brain and is the most serious mental illness in Canada. The common symptoms of people suffering from Schizophrenia include mixed up thoughts, delusions or false perceptions and hallucinations. Patients who suffer from the disorder have a hard time performing tasks which require them to use their abstract memory and have difficulty paying attention for prolonged periods of time. Schizophrenia has many effects which include delusions persecution, delusions of grandeur, and delusions of being controlled. Delusions of persecution include some form of paranoia and the feeling that everyone is out to get them or harm them. Delusions of grandeur means that they suffer from a “God” complex and think they are God or have some higher power above everyone else. Delusions of being controlled include some form of feeling as if they are being controlled by a radio signal by the CIA or some other special government agency. Physical effects of schizophrenia include scoliosis (S-shaped curve of the spine), a shuffling gait and difficulty raising arms above the head due to lack of range of motion in the shoulder joint. Social effects of schizophrenia include social isolation and problems with work and school. People suffering from schizophrenia will find themselves isolating themselves from close friends and colleagues from work. They will have difficulty with education due to the fact that patients with the mental illness have difficulty paying attention for a long time. Communicating with a person suffering from schizophrenia can have it’s obstacles and will be difficult at times. Schizophrenic patients are always paranoid and that can be really hard to deal with, because they might feel that you are out to harm them even though you have good intentions. I actually would feel very frightened myself treating a patient with schizophrenia, because I would not know how they would respond to any treatment I were to...
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