Schizophrenia Evaluation

1168 Words5 Pages
Schizophrenia Evaluation PSY/340 Schizophrenia Evaluation The Genetics, Brain Structure, and Behavior Presentation Evaluation assignment requires that an evaluation be done on one of the fellow team presentations. The presentation that described Schizophrenia explained the neurological damage, behavioral and functional changes, suspected or known causes of the illness, the role of genetics and the treatments and therapies for Schizophrenia were analyzed and evaluated. Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that affects only one percent of the population, but it causes life changing symptoms that are debilitating to those who are affected. After reviewing and evaluating the team’s presentation, the overall presentation was precise…show more content…
“It occurs in 10 percent of people who have a first-degree relative with the disorder, such as a parent, brother, or sister. People who have second-degree relatives (aunts, uncles, grandparents, or cousins) with the disease also develop schizophrenia more often than the general population” (Schizophrenia, 2009). There isn’t just one gene that is associated with schizophrenia, but scientists believe there are several genes that are linked to the disorder. “Other recent studies suggest that schizophrenia may result in part when a certain gene that is key to making important brain chemicals malfunctions. This problem may affect the part of the brain involved in developing higher functioning skills” (Schizophrenia, 2009). The age of diagnoses for men is in the mid 20’s and women in their late 20’s. “Many environmental factors may be involved, such as exposure to viruses or malnutrition before birth, problems during birth, and other not yet known psychosocial factors” (Schizophrenia, 2009). Environmental factors include prenatal stressors, drug use and living environment. Living in urban areas as a child or as an adult significantly increases the risk of developing schizophrenia. Other factors are: social isolation, unemployment, family dysfunction, poor housing conditions and racial
Open Document