Essay on Schizophreni Schizophrenia Stolen Minds And Stolen Lives

937 Words Jan 8th, 2016 4 Pages
William Kinsey
Psychology, p.5
Schizophrenia Stolen minds and stolen lives

Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that interferes with a person’s ability to manage emotions, think clearly, to make decisions and the ability to relate to others (ex: relationships). Schizophrenia is a long term, complex medical illness that affects about 1.1% of all adults. Although schizophrenia can strike at any age, or time, the most common age it appears is during late teen years, early 20’s for men, early 30’s for women. It is very uncommon to be diagnosed at a young age such as 12 or an older age such as 40. Even with this mental illness that affects a person’s ability to think, make decisions, or form relationships with people, it is possible to live a successful life with schizophrenia. The symptoms of schizophrenia can be difficult to detect. A few signs can include, a change of friend’s, a drop in grades, sleep problems, irritability and non-specific behavior that an adolescent would have. Other factors could include, isolation (from family and friends), increase in paranoia, and psychosis (a break in reality that demeanors one 's ability to function in day to day life). In young people, or adolescents, the stage is called “prodromal” period. With any symptoms that have lasted more than at least 6 months, that individual would be wise to see a psychologist. Hallucinations are a common side effect of schizophrenia. Hallucinations include a person…

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