About Schizophrenia.

Essay by gyvenHigh School, 12th gradeA+, December 2005

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When someone mentions schizo, schizophrenic, or schizophrenia too many think

of individual with sporadic outburst or an impromptu outward expression of random

thoughts when in fact it is much, much more than that. According to Webster, "a

psychotic disorder characterized by loss of contact with the environment, by noticeable

deterioration in the level of functioning in everyday life, and by disintegration of

personality expressed as disorder of feeling, thought (as in hallucinations and delusions),

and conduct -- called also dementia praecox," (Webster). Based on the definition of

schizophrenia this is much more serious that the average person would initially fathom.

Schizophrenia is a crippling disorder which ruins lives by rendering people unable to

effectively comprehend and live within reality. "Schizophrenia is a brain disorder whose

victims suffer from violent behavior, hallucinations, delusions, slowed speech and

emotional unresponsiveness," (Younger.45)

The term "schizophrenia" for all of the mental issues listed above in Webster's

definition is actually less than one-hundred years old.

Although the term is only about

one-hundred years old the illness itself has believed to follow mankind throughout its

history and was first recognized as a discrete mental illness by Emily Kraepelin in

1887 (History of Schizophrenia). This could only mean that this is a problem that is not

jus recently affecting masses, but has been existent, not just a disorder that sporadically

arose like AIDS in the mid 1900' s. Because this illness has been around so long, yet so

vaguely understood or explored many suffer from one of the most disabling, emotionally

devastating illnesses known to man which continually causes this demographic to be

unjustifiably stigmatized.(Short Intro to Schizophrenia)

"Approximately one percent of the population develops schizophrenia during

their lifetime; more that two million Americans suffer this illness." (Long)

This fact was true in 1995, so of course the...