Psychiatric Disorders Research Paper

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Ps Psychiatric Disorders, Diseases, and Drugs By: Kim Kidder PSY 240 Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that makes it difficult to tell the difference between real and unreal experiences, to think logically, to have normal emotional responses, and to behave normally in social situations. Symptoms of schizophrenia may vary; usually the illness develops slowly over months or even years. At first the symptoms may not be noticeable, for example, you may feel tense, or have trouble sleeping or concentrating. You may become isolated and withdrawn, and have trouble making or keeping friends. As the illness continues psychotic symptoms develop; an appearance or mood that shows…show more content…
Depression is one of the most common psychological disorders, it causes tremendous emotional pain, feelings of impending doom, feeling lifeless, empty, and apathetic; depression consumes day to day life interfering with your ability to work, study, eat, and socialize . People with depression suffer low energy, unexplained aches and pains, feeling agitated, restless, or on the edge, and low tolerance level; depression is a major risk factor for suicide. Types of depression include; major depression is the most serious type in which the person may experience many symptoms in severity, characterized by the inability to enjoy life and experience pleasure. The symptoms are constant and range from moderate to severe, typically lasting up to six months. Next type is atypical depression a subtype of major depression; this type results in specific symptoms patterns, such as temporary mood lift following positive events although this boost in mood is fleeting, including weight gain, increase in appetite, sleeping excessively, a heavy feeling in the arms and legs and sensitivity to rejection. Dysthymia (recurrent, mild depression) is a type of low grade depression; feeling mildly or moderately depressed more days than not with brief periods of normal mood, symptoms are not as strong as major depression, but last much longer (up to two years). Treatment for depression include psychotherapy, supportive counseling helps to ease the pain and addresses the feelings of hopelessness; cognitive therapy changes the pessimistic ideas, unrealistic expectations, and overly critical self-evaluations that create depression and sustain it. Antidepressant medications are used for depression, but are not a cure they only help control symptoms, some side effects from these medications include weight gain, dry mouth, lack of sexual desire,

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