One commonly known disorder is Schizophrenia. It is more common than some disorders because of the massive amounts of people who are diagnosed with it. People with any type of schizophrenia may have difficulty keeping friends and working, socializing, and dealing with stress. They may also have problems with anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts or behaviors. Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that affects more than 2 million Americans in a given year and about 24 million people worldwide.

sad-man.jpgResearch suggests that men and women are both at equal

risk of developing schizophrenia. The disorder can occur at

any rate in all ethnic groups. At this time, no one knows

exactly what causes schizophrenia or why it can affect some

and not others. Research suggests that schizophrenia may

be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. An

imbalance in these chemicals can cause messages in the brain to get mixed up. Scientists

believe that schizophrenia, like other illnesses, results from a combination of genetic and

environmental factors.


· Distortions in thought content (delusions)

· Hearing, seeing, tasting, feeling, or smelling things that do not exist (hallucinations)

· Disorganized speech and behavior

· Losing interest in everyday activities, such as bathing, grooming, or getting dressed

· Feeling out of touch with other people, family, or friends

· Lack of feeling or emotion

· Having little emotion or inappropriate feelings in certain situations

· Having less ability to experience pleasure


There is no laboratory test for schizophrenia at this time.

The complex spectrum of schizophrenia symptoms are too complicated to exam.

They could be considered as other disorders such as: depression, anxiety, etc.

Diagnosis is made by clinically examining the following:

Family history, emotional history, current symptoms.



Atypical antipsychotic

Conventional, or typical, antipsychotics

Psychosocial treatments


Possible effects of schizophrenia on daily life are:

· Relationship problems-

Relationships suffer because people with schizophrenia often withdraw and isolate themselves.

Paranoia can also cause a schizophrenic to become suspicious of friends and family.

Disruption to normal daily activities-

Schizophrenia causes significant issues to daily functioning, like social difficulties and

everyday tasks can become hard, if not impossible to do. A schizophrenic person’s

delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized thoughts prevent him or her from doing

normal things like bathing, eating, or running errands.

Alcohol and drug abuse-

People with schizophrenia usually develop problems with alcohol or drugs, they can

sometimes self-medicate themselves to try and relieve symptoms.

They might also be heavy smokers. Cigarette smoke can interfere with the

effectiveness of the given medication prescribed for the person.

Increased suicide risk-

People with schizophrenia have a higher risk of contemplating and attempting suicide.

Any suicidal talk, threats, or gestures should be taken very seriously.

People with schizophrenia are most likely to commit suicide whilst

during a psychotic episode, a period of depression,

and usually in the first six months

after their treatment has been started.


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