South Georgia Technical College
This paper is meant to be written to provide a better understanding of schizophrenia, its history and diagnosis and treatment. There are a lot of views concerning this disorder and they are found all over the internet and in different books published about the disorder. It seems that writing one paper could consume a lot of time and patience. I believe that even putting all of what I have found as far as beliefs and treatments, if put into a book, would take years to sort through and fully understand. There is so much information and so much repetitiveness that is makes it hard to fully understand the what, where, when, why, and how of schizophrenia. Hopefully, I can break it down into language that is easily understood.
What is schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that affects approximately 1 to 2 percent of the world’s population. It is a complex illness and mental health experts are not sure what really causes it. Some believe that genes may play a role with it. It can be characterized by hallucinations, delusions, thought disorders, social withdrawal, lack of initiative and persistence, speech poverty, deficits in learning and memory and poor abstract thinking (Carlson, 2010). It is followed by loss of brain tissue and it also affects multiple areas of the brain. Symptoms generally occur in young adults and in both males and females but, in women it tends to begin later and is a milder condition. Childhood schizophrenia is rare and can sometimes be hard to tell apart from other forms of developmental issues.
Symptoms of schizophrenia usually develop slowly over several months and maybe years and sometimes the person may show many signs of symptoms or maybe only a few. Persons with the disease may have problems with anxiety, depression, and they may also have problems keeping friends and keeping a job. They may also have thoughts of