Schizophrenia


Child schizophrenia, like other psychopathologies has many documented, and
several uncertain causes. Some scientists have evidence that pregnant mothers
have experienced an immune reaction that present dangers to the unborn child.
Schizophrenia is a disorder where the body=s immune system attacks itself.
Schizophrenia is not present at birth but develops during the adolescence period
or young adulthood. ASchizophrenia is a biological brain disease affecting
thinking, perception, mood, and behaviour. Its exact cause is unknown but
overwhelming evidence points to faulty chemistry or structural abnormalities in
the brain. In some cases schizophrenia is generic. Schizophrenia strikes one
in 100 people at some point in his/her [email protected] (Compiled by Ontario Friends
of Schizophrenia, Oct 94).

Schizophrenia worsens and becomes better in cycles, also known as relapses and
remission. People who are suffering from schizophrenia look relatively normal.
Schizophrenics suffer from such symptoms as: delusions, hallucinations, and
thought disorders. Delusions are false beliefs that aren=t based on reality.
Schizophrenics may believe that someone is following them, or planning to harm
them. Schizophrenics believe that others can hear their thoughts , also known
as [email protected] and even change them. A...hear their thoughts, insert
thoughts into their minds, or control their feelings, actions or impulses.
Patients might think they are Jesus, Napoleon, or Franklin D. [email protected]
(American Psychiatric Association Annual >90 page 1)

Pregnant women who experience an immune reaction that presents danger to their
unborn children, this reaction raises sharply the rates of schizophrenia in the
unborn child. Severe malnutrition in the early months of the fetal development
may contribute to schizophrenia. It is also known that schizophrenia runs in
families. AThe probablitilty of developing schizophrenia as the off spring of
one parent with the disease is approximately 13%. The probability of developing
schizophrenia as the off spring of both parents with the disease is
approximately 35%[email protected] (Pamphlet by: American Psychiatric Association Annual >90
page 7)

Hallucinations another symptom which schizophrenic patients suffer from.
Hallucinations may be seen or heard. The most common hallucination are those
heard by the schizophrenic. The schizophrenic may hear voices that tell them
what to do, these voices may warn them of danger, tell them how to feel, or
describe one=s actions.

Schizophrenics thought process is very [email protected] Their thought s may shift
rapidly from one unrelated topic to the next. They may make up their own words
or use sounds or grunts to substitute words. These symptoms do not mean that
people with schizophrenia are out of touch with the world completely, they know
that roads are used for driving cars, and that people eat meals three a day.

Schizophrenia affect both men and women equally. Along with delusions,
hallucinations, and thought disorders, they also suffer from paranoia, high
anxiety , low stress tolerance, low motivation, lack of energy and the inability
to feel pleasure. This makes work, leisure, relationships and even everyday
tasks difficult, sometimes impossible. These are concerns not only for the
people diagnosed with this psychopathology but for their friends and family.
Family is looked upon for support in not only everyday tasks, but in dealing
with this disorder whether its in remission or relapse. With schizophrenia
there is the risk of suicide. ATen percent of all people with schizophrenia
commit suicide. Either to escape the torment of their illness. Or because
their >voices= command them [email protected] (Compiled by Ontario Friends of Schizophrenics,
Oct. 1994) Many schizophrenics also are incarcerated for crimes that they have
committed while in a psychotic state, or are living on the streets, without any
treatment. Schizophrenics may become violent while in a psychotic state, and may
lose all sense of who they are and who others are around them.

Symptoms such as social withdraw , inappropriate or blunted emotions, and
extreme apathy may persist for years, however many schizophrenics have recovered
enough to be able to live on their own. ATen years after their first
schizophrenic episode, 25 percent of people with schizophrenia have recovered
completely. Another 25 percent are much improved and living fairly independent
lives; 25 percent, although improved, still need extensive support; 15 percent
are hospitalized and show no improvement, and 10 percent have killed
[email protected] (Compiled by Ontario Friends of Schizophrenics, October 1994)

Schizophrenia appears when the body is under going hormonal changes and physical
changes in adolescence like other genetically related illnesses. Schizophrenia
is said to lie [email protected] during childhood, some researchers have suggested.
AGenes govern the body=s structure and biochemistry. Because structure and
biochemistry change dramatically in teen and young adult years, some researchers
suggest that schizophrenia lies >dormant= during childhood. It emerges as the
body undergoes changes during [email protected] (Pamphlet by: National Alliance for the
Mentally Ill, June >90 page 2)

The symptoms