February 19, 2004

Many Faces of Schizophrenia

First of all, Schizophrenia is a severe mentsl disorder characterized by a breakdown in perceptual and thought processes, often including hallucinations and delusions. Schizophrenia is not a rare mental disorder. In the United States alone, there are as many people with this disorder as the combined populations of Wyoming, Vermont, Delaware and Hawaii. It is equally common in men and women, although, for some reason, it tends to hit men earlier (between the ages of (18 and 25) and women later (26 to 45).

While the treatment for schizophrenia has improved dramatically over the past thirty years, it is often a tough battle to win. Mental health professionals often talk about the "one third" prognosis for schizophrenia:one third makes a full recovery and lead a normal life; one third make a partial recovery; and one third of the time , the person with schizophrenia is faced with a slow, downhill spiral of the disease throughout the rest of his or her life.

The many faces of Schizophrenia are: Disorganized, Catatonic, Paranoid, Undifferentiated and Residual. I will define those categories on my next visit and describe what they mean. Also, next time, I will talk about delusions and hallucinations and Childhood Schizophrenia. Young people have to get this information as well. See you later this same day, the nineteenth of February. I am a very busy college student majoring in Psychology, I have a lot of reading to do and I will be back because all of you are important to me.

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I want to know if back biting is a part of this sickness and being paranoid.Also I want to know now that I hear voices and my attitude before is the same like back biting etc and my memory is almost better and my english is coming back is that a good symptoms I mean is it going through healing.

Posted by: sharyll at February 25, 2004 07:07 AM

Many of your thoughts and fears could have come from my soul!! My mother,her grandmother,her two sons,her grandson who was my late son, all experienced schizophrenia at varying degrees.This commenced in the 1930's with great grandma,1940'to 1980's my mother was ill,her son diagnosed in the 1970's, the other son was diagnosed in the 1990's. My compassion goes out to you. Diane from Nova Scotia,Canada

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