Symptoms of Schizophrenia Analytical Essay

Symptoms of Schizophrenia
Looks at the various symptoms that can appear in a person suffering from schizophrenia and its causation.
# 148177 | 875 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Sep 21, 2011 in Psychology (Disorders)

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This paper explains that schizophrenia, which classically first appears in young adulthood, is the most severe form of the psychological disorders because the sufferer loses contact with reality and thus cannot function independently. Next, the author reviews the various combinations of symptoms as related to paranoid, disorganized, and catatonic schizophrenia, which can vary greatly from individual to individual but always include symptoms of thought disorders. The paper indicates that genetic factors play a large role in schizophrenia.

From the Paper:

"Understandably, these symptoms cause tremendous stress to individual with schizophrenia and their families. It has been estimated that as many as 20 percent of people with schizophrenia attempt suicide and that 10 percent actually do kill themselves.
"Schizophrenia is found in all cultures and has been recognized for several thousand years. Fortunately, it is a relatively rare psychological disorder, affecting between 0.5 and 1 percent of the world's population. Nonetheless, a large number of people have schizophrenia--an estimated 2 million in the United State alone."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Baron, M. (1985). A family study of schizophrenia and normal control probands: Implications for the spectrum concept of schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry, 142, 447-455.
  • Caldwell, C. B., & Gotteman, I. I. (1990). Schizophrenics kill themselves too: A review to the risk factors for suicide. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 16, 571-589.
  • Gotteman, I. & Shields, J. (1892). Schizophrenia: The epigenetic puzzle. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press.
  • Leff, J., & Vaughn, C. (1985) Expressed emotion in families. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Moldin, S. O. (1994). Indicators of liability to schizophrenia: Perspectives from genetic epidemiology. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 20(1), 169-184.

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