Schizophrenia



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Symtoms

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder by a disintegration of thought processes and of emotional responsiveness.

Causes and symptoms of schizophrenia are hallucinations (often hearing voices), delusions, and having disorganized thinking and speech. Smaller symptoms include social withdrawal, sloppiness of dress and hygiene, and loss of motivation and judgement.


Treatments

The only treatment for schizophrenia is antipsychotic medications. These medications are often combined with psychological and social supports. Depending on how bad the disorder is in the person, some may be hospitalized for a short period of time depending on the hallucinations and delusions. Long term hospitalization is very uncommon for this disease, but it does still occur in some cases. Daily visits by mental health teams, and community support groups help too! Evidence shows that daily exercise has a positive effect on this illness.


Connector

When diagnosed with schizophrenia, it decreases life expectancy of 12-15 years! Along with schizophrenia often comes obesity, smoking, and an increased rate of suicide mainly because all of the stress that comes along with it. It is also considered the third most disabling condition. Approximately 75% of people with schizophrenia have relapses. When this disorder is untreated, many hallucinations and delusions happen throughout everyday. Some can be so bad that may endanger peoples lives because they believe so strong in what they are hearing and seeing.


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Statistics

- 1.2% of all United States Citizens are diagnosed with schizophrenia.
- 3.2 million Americans have schizophrenia.
- Stats 10 years after being diagnosed with this illness: 25% of the people recover; Another 25% improve and are living independently; Another 25% still require a constant support system; 15% end up hospitalized; the final 10% end up dead.
- Most people are diagnosed with this illness between ages 16-25

Web linker

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001925/


http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/schizophrenia/index.shtml

http://www.medicinenet.com/schizophrenia/article.htm


Help line

Disintegration: The act or process of disintegrating.

Relapses: To fall or slip back into a former state.