The two illnesses I have chosen to research that cause ill health are multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia. I have chosen these two illnesses as they both differ completely in terms of how they affect you, as multiple sclerosis is more physical and schizophrenia is more mental.
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, typically progressive disease involving damage to the sheaths of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, symptoms may include numbness, impairment of speech and of muscular coordination, blurred vision, and severe fatigue. It affects 100,000 people in the UK alone. Although it has lots of physical effects it also has impacts on your emotional social and intellectual health. For a lot of people emotion effects often go undiagnosed, however most people with MS will likely suffer from depression, stress, anxiety and perhaps 50% of people with MS will go on to suffer from more serious depression at some point. As well as suffering from depression a lot of people with MS will suffer from mood, emotional and behavioural changes due to a number of different factors. They might be due to MS-related nerve damage, a psychological reaction to MS, depression or the side effects of drugs. Many people who suffer from the illness will get to a stage where they won’t be able to feed themselves and are wheelchair bound, not being able to leave the house, this will hugely effect the way they will be able to socialize with others if they are able to at all.
Schizophrenia is a long-term mental disorder involving a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion, and behaviour, leading to faulty perception, inappropriate actions and feelings, withdrawal from reality and personal relationships into fantasy and delusion, and a sense of mental fragmentation. There is not yet a known cause for