Paranoid schizophrenia Essay

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PARANOID SCHIZOPHRENIA Paranoid Schizophrenia is a chronic mental illness in which reality is distorted, also known as psychosis; people with Paranoid Schizophrenia cannot tell what is real from what is imagined. Paranoid Schizophrenia is one of the most common diagnosed forms of Schizophrenia; it only affects 1% of the general population, about 2.2 million people. People diagnosed with schizophrenia make up about half of all patients in psychiatric hospitals and may occupy as many as one quarter of the world's hospital beds. People with schizophrenia have problems remembering, paying attention, and communication .Some researchers believe Paranoid Schizophrenia develops as a young child, but major symptoms do not affect the mind fully until the teenage years. The history of Paranoid Schizophrenia dates back as far as the Egyptians but was first really classified in 1887. The word Schizophrenia was placed with the symptoms in 1911 by a German psychiatrist. The Greek word “shizo” means, “split” and the word “phrene” means, “mind”. It was once thought that Schizophrenia meant that the person had a split personality, but was later found that that is not the case. Although a lot of the population still thinks that Schizophrenia means split personality. When you add paranoia to the mix it means a completely different thing. If you are Paranoid, it means that you are constantly worried about something or someone, for example a co-worker out to get your job or someone trying to poison you. Schizophrenia in general is classified in the DSM in four separate categories Catatonic, Paranoid, Residual, and Undifferentiated. Before much was discovered about schizophrenia, people that had schizophrenia was considered possessed by a demon and many people died, treatment for this kind of possession was inhumane, people were beaten or tortured even. Skulls were found with holes driven

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