Schizophrenia


"In my senior year of high school, I began to experience personality
changes. I did not realize the significance of the changes at the time, and I
think others denied them, but looking back I can see that they were the earliest
signs of illness. I became increasingly withdrawn and sullen. I felt alienated
and lonely and hated everyone. I felt as if there were a huge gap between me
and the rest of the world; everybody seemed so distant from me." This excerpt
describes part of Esse Leete 20-year battle with schizophrenia. She committed
herself to leading the fullest life her disease will allow and to educating
others about mental illness. Schizophrenia is a very serious disease, ...

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schizophrenia is a disease which makes it difficult for the person with the
illness to decide what is real and what is not (Swados 5). It is also clear
that this brain disease affects normal, intelligent people in all walks of life.
There are six concrete phrases that describe schizophrenia: it is a real
disease, has concrete and specific symptoms, is different from other mental
illnesses, is the result of flaws brain biochemistry, may be treated by specific
antipsychotic drugs, and is almost always treatable.
Scientist are unsure of the causes of schizophrenia, although research
is progressing rapidly. Scientist are almost certain that schizophrenia has
more than one cause. One cause could be a chemical imbalance. An imbalance of
the brain's chemical system has long been suspected as the main cause of the
illness (Youth 2). A second cause could be stress. Most authorities disagree
that severe stress can cause the illness. Stress can however, worsen the
symptoms ...

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level of functioning. Family members and friends often notice
that the person is "not the same". The person with schizophrenia has difficulty
in separating what is real from what is unreal. As the person becomes more
stressed by the demands of day to day living, the person may withdraw and the
symptoms become more pronounced (Video). Deterioration is noticeable in ares
such as: work or academic achievement , how one relates to others, and personal
care and hygiene (Video). Symptoms of schizophrenia are noticed in several
different areas. The first area is personality changes. Personality changes
are a key to recognizing schizophrenia. At first, the changes may be ...

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Added: 6/14/2007 10:36:49 PM
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