Schizophrenia is considered to be one of the most dangerous disorders that is affecting the lives of so many. Concrete answers are yet to be discovered as researches are yet to solve the mystery of what causes this particular disorder. What is known thus far is that it is a disorder that cannot be prevented but can indeed be treated. Based off of what researchers were able to find out to this point, medications and different types of therapies have been established to help minimize the effects of this illness. If not treated and dealt with early on, severe consequences can follow. The patients runs the risk of inflicting harm on him/herself, such as suicide and other bodily harm such as alcohol and substance abuse, and run the risk of potentially hurting others. The DSM-5 explains what is required in order to be diagnosed with schizophrenia, since there is no test that can be given out to diagnose the disorder.
Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a mental condition that is slowly plaguing our nation and the world. Perhaps this mental condition can be argued to be one of the most, if not the most serious mental condition present today. What tends to make this mental disorder tricky is the fact that a concrete answer for the cause of this disorder is yet to be discovered, it cannot be prevented, and because there are several subtypes of schizophrenia.
Before going any further, it is important to define what schizophrenia is and to give it some context. When we look at the word schizophrenia, it is translated as “splitting of the mind.” This word comes from the Greek roots skhizein, (“to split”) and -phrēn (“mind”). This term was used by Eugen Bleuler, when in 1908 used this word to describe a separation of functions between personality, thinking, memory, and perception. Originally, the symptoms led Bleuler to believe that illness was dementia. When he saw that his