Does anyone ever think they hear voices fighting for control of their mind or
telling them what to do? Does anyone hallucinate constantly or feel that people are
following them and trying to kill them? If an individual matches this description, they
might need schizophrenic treatment. Schizophrenia is a brain disease that has torn apart
the lives of many with its unknown causes leaving few treatments and no cures.
Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder which is a separation between the thought
processes and the emotions.
New research is discovered which supply new methods for treating and
understanding this mental disorder a bit better. This disorder can twist the reality and
creates delusions as well as hallucinations. Schizophrenia is a brain disease, which means
that there should be a way to cure it, however, that cure has not been found yet.
Schizophrenia affects one percent of the adult population and signs of it are usually
discovered in the late teens to the middle twenties. It is not common to get schizophrenia
after the age of thirty, but it is rare to get schizophrenia after the age of forty. Since it is so
unusual to get schizophrenia in the later years, it is believed that schizophrenia in older
people is a different disease. The starting age for men with this disorder is earlier than the
women. This also means that there are more males as than females with schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia often causes its victims to hear voices and to hallucinate which is
usually the why they go insane in the end. The main symptom of schizophrenia is the
delusions, or what is called by the medical term "negative syndrome". The earliest stages
of schizophrenia are hard notice because people believe that these symptoms are over
exaggerations of teenagers. Then these early symptoms become more sever. Other major
symptoms of schizophrenia are: moodiness, withdrawal, apathy, loss of interest in one's
personal appearance, perplexity, the belief that people are watching one, preoccupation
with one's body, and vagueness in thoughts. Yet these are all characteristic of teenagers at
certain periods of their life.
Schizophrenia is treated with medications called neurotransmitters which control
brain chemicals. These medications are used since schizophrenia is a mental disorder
affecting the brain. Schizophrenia has four subdivisions which leads to a variety of
medications and treatments. The four subdivisions of schizophrenia are: simple or
undifferentiated, hebephrenic or disorganized, catatonic, and paranoid. Little is truly
known for sure about schizophrenia, but research for this disease is an is still going on.
There are many ideas on how schizophrenia can develop, but few are sure of. One
definite cause of schizophrenia is the early life situation. This can develop at any time in
the early years of a human. Scientists say that schizophrenia can develop as early as while
a fetus is still growing in the uterus. The parents of the early schizophrenics usually were
shy, introverted, and unable to relate to other people when they were young which lead
their children to not have a normal childhood. Most schizophrenics have backgrounds of
their disease in their early childhood. People with early schizophrenia have an extreme
number of unusual fingerprints which happens when infants catch infectious diseases such
as rubella and cytomegalovirus. During the birth of early schizophrenics, the infants seem
to have many more complications, as well as usually being at an insufficient of weight
when compared to their siblings.
A prime example of an early schizophrenic is Rhoda Torrey who was the sister of
the father of schizophrenic research E. Fuller Torrey. E. Fuller Torrey came home one day
to find his sister acting different. E. Fuller Torrey says, "She was lying out in the front
yard yelling, ‘The British are coming.’” What was coming was schizophrenia. E. Fuller
Torrey believes that the sudden death of their father at a young age caused his sister to go
into mental shock. Before the death she was an attractive high school senior with decent
grades. It seemed to everybody that knew her and she just turned from normal to
schizophrenic overnight.
Another definite cause for schizophrenia is the genetic situation. This case offers
the fact that schizophrenia runs in the family. If schizophrenia did not run in the family,
there would be a one percent chance of anybody receiving this mental disorder. However,
it is proven that one is more likely to get schizophrenia if there is a member in their family
that has had this disease already, and those who do not have a family member with
schizophrenia are unlikely to get it. If