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Schizophrenia can be a life changing brain disorder

March 28, 2014
James F Byrnes Freshman Academy

Imagine someone is always watching you and trying to harm you.  Wherever you go, everyone is staring at you, and your family thinks you are crazy.  You think everyone is scared to get near you.  This is what most schizophrenics deal with on a daily basis.

People who have schizophrenia may have to deal with this disorder for the rest of their lives, everywhere they go.  Others may be cured, depending on their genetics, vulnerability, and stress level.

Helpguide.org, a doctor’s website, describes schizophrenia as “being characterized by a broad range of unusual behaviors that cause profound disruption in the lives of people suffering from the condition, as well as in the lives of the people around them. Schizophrenia strikes without regard to gender, race, social class or culture.”

People, who have this disorder usually hear voices that are not really there, have an “altered perception of reality,” believe others is reading their minds, or plotting to harm them, and have numerous hallucinations.  This brain disorder causes the patient to be forgetful, paranoid, and unable to express his/her emotions.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, a reliable psychology website, “A combination of factors can predict schizophrenia in up to 80% of youth who are at high risk of developing the illness.”

The first signs to notice if someone may be developing schizophrenia is a change of friends, a drop in grades, sleep problems, and irritability.

People who develop this disease may resist treatment because they feel that what is happening to them is real.

Schizophrenia does not only affect the person who faces the disorder, it also affects the friends and family of the one who is suffering with the disease.

People suffering from schizophrenia have an “extreme reaction to criticism”, and need understanding from their friends and family.  If the family is not supportive, it is likely the patient will not get better.

For further information and help on schizophrenia visit http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/schi-zophrenia/index.shtml

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