Schizophrenia Essay

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Intro Schizophrenia is an illness that affects all societies regardless of class, colour, religion, or culture. A study published by Harvard School of Public Health in 1996 shows that the illness is among the top ten causes of disability in developed countries worldwide. Also, research shows that there are approximately 51 million people worldwide suffering from this illness. Of this number 6 to10 million people in China, 4.3 to 8,7 million people in India, 2.2 million people in USA, 285,000 people in Australia, over 280,000 people in Canada and over 250,000 people in Britain. Schizophrenia is a chronic and disabling brain disease. People with schizophrenia often suffer terrifying episodes of hearing internal voices not heard by others, or believing that other people are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. These symptoms may leave them fearful and withdrawn. The paper will discuss the different schizophrenia symptoms and types. I will also prove that the illness affects people differently, based on the type of schizophrenia and that people suffering of schizophrenia are at a higher risk of substance abuse. There are three main kinds of schizophrenia that an individual may suffer from. Along with these several different types of the illness are two main types of symptoms, positive and negative symptoms. Positive & Negative Symptoms Positive symptoms refer to the thoughts, perceptions, and behaviors that are normally absent in people in the general population, but are present in individuals suffering with schizophrenia. Common types of positive symptoms are delusions, which are known as thoughts with meanings that are unrealistic. For example, people with this disorder tend to believe that they are someone else in disguise such as Elvis or Jesus. The second type of positive symptoms is hallucinations. Hallucinations

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