Schizophrenia & Other Psychotic Disorders:
Schizophrenia, Delusional Disorder, brief Psychosis, Schizo-affective Disorder & Shared Psychotic Disorder.
SchizophreniaSchizophrenia is a psychotic illness which can affect people in variety of ways, there is no evidence as yet why one develops the illness. Studies suggest there can be a combination of factors which can trigger the illness. It is agreed by health professionals that schizophrenia is most likely caused by a combination of factors, which can include the following: Dopamine is one of the chemicals that carry messages between brain cells and if there is too much Dopamine it can be a factor of one developing the illness. Genetic can play a big part in someone developing the illness as they are more vulnerable to the illness. Stressful Life Experiences can also trigger the illness as one may not have got over a trauma or a specific event. Social isolation, other mental health issues, being homeless, poverty, having no job, loosing someone close, being physically or verbally abused may all be factors in the development of Schizophrenia. Drug Abuse can lead to someone developing symptoms of Schizophrenia, using elicit drugs like: cannabis, cocaine and amphetamines have been known to make the symptoms worse. Other Causes like brain injuries, hormonal activity (particularly in women), diet, allergic reaction or if a infection is ongoing can all contribute to the illness.
People who are affected by the illness can experience from mild to intense thoughts, ideas, perceptions, beliefs which are far from reality. When one becomes unwell they show signs and their behaviours change, for some people these behaviours can change suddenly and for others happen gradually. A individual might become upset, anxious, confused and suspicious of other people, especially anyone who doesn’t agree