English 9 Honors
3 May 2013
I-Search Final Paper - Schizophrenia
I have always been captivated by anything dealing with topics related to mental health, but more specifically, schizophrenia. Although I know Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder that makes it hard to tell the difference between what is real and what is not, and to think clearly, I didn’t know much past that. (“The”) As I went through the research process, I learned a few new things. I discovered how to narrow my topic, and that there are many subtopics that are related to schizophrenia. However, I found the passing of schizophrenia through family members, such as the genetic and hereditary aspects, most interesting.
To begin my research, I started out with generic topics because it was unclear to me that we had to have an excessively narrow topic. Narrowing my topic was really hard. I had to choose a new topic almost every other day for a while. Finally, I found a broad topic that I was truly interested in, mental health. I then remembered that I had seen Sybil, a movie about a schizophrenic girl with 16 personalities, whose mother had a form of the illness as well. This is what caused me to ask my main question, is schizophrenia was hereditary? I found that schizophrenia has a strong hereditary aspect to it. As I scanned my research, it showed that the likeliness of schizophrenia among a single family is eight to 10 times higher than it is in the entire population. (“Different”) The illness has always been more severe in men through a single family. (“On”) Furthermore, I found my main topic question to be true because as I read through other articles, I learned that experts have based hereditary aspects on the “Twin Study”. This study says that if you have a set of twins and one of them is schizophrenic, then there is a 40-50 percent chance that the other will inherit schizophrenia too. Then, I stumbled upon this statistic that proves the interaction...
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