What do you think Schizophrenia is ?

Jump to Last Post 1-6 of 6 discussions (6 posts)
  1. ananceleste profile image39
    anancelesteposted 6 years ago

    What do you think Schizophrenia is ?

    I was wondering what is the average knowledge of the term. What does it mean to you?

    https://usercontent1.hubstatic.com/6118840_f260.jpg

  2. rahul0324 profile image82
    rahul0324posted 6 years ago

    A person diagnosed with schizophrenia may experience hallucinations (most reported are hearing voices), delusions (often bizarre or persecutory in nature), and disorganized thinking and speech. The latter may range from loss of train of thought, to sentences only loosely connected in meaning, to incoherence known as word salad in severe cases. Social withdrawal, sloppiness of dress and hygiene, and loss of motivation and judgment are all common in schizophrenia.

  3. duffsmom profile image61
    duffsmomposted 6 years ago

    It means a splitting away from reality, often characterized  by delusions and hallucinations--and is a severe disruption in the chemistry of the brain--organic in nature and very unfortunate.  The paranoid element makes it hard to keep sufferers medicated because they become convinced some outside influence is trying to control them thru meds, or other means.

  4. Seeker7 profile image92
    Seeker7posted 6 years ago

    Schizophrenia is actually an 'umbrella' term under which many serious mental health disorders are placed. It can be quite a confusing area of different conditions causing similar symptoms. What I can say is that schizophrenia is not a split personality. People who suffer from this illness don't have two distinct sides to them. It's a personality disorder illness that unless well controlled leads to the person being unable to function well enough to look after themselves physically, socially or mentally. Thought disorder, hallucinations and paranoia can be symptoms, but this area of mental health is very complex and needs proper diagnosis by the psychiatric services. It is also an illness that is not only devastating for the sufferer but for their families as well.

  5. TripleAMom profile image85
    TripleAMomposted 6 years ago

    As a mental health therapist, I have to disagree that schizophrenia is an umbrella for many serious mental health diagnses.  This may be the case in error.  According to our diagnositic manual, schizophrenia has many types, like paranoid type, disorganized type, and catatonic type.  Characteristic symptoms include things like delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior, or flat affect (basically no emotion).  There is evident impairment in functioning in many areas including social, work, or self care. 

    I often see patients with paranoia.  Many people who present for treatment for schizophrenia think they are being controlled. They think they are being watched or people are talking about them.  There are commonly auditory or visual hallucinations.  Many believe they are being told to do things, but visual hallucinations often involve seeing things in their periphery.   

    Age of onset is typically in late teens and early twenties, but people who will eventually receive this diagnosis have often shown symptoms before this.  Schizophrenia appears to be genetic.  Many, many twin studies have been conducted and whether raised together or apart (adopted) it is much more likely for both twins to be diagnosed with schizophrenia than only one regardless of their environment.  There are medications that can help control the symptoms of schizophrenia, antipsychotics, like zyprexa, Seroquel, and Risperdal.  These medications, when found in the right dose and combination for a particular patient (remember brain chemistry is very different in each person) can lead to a person looking at the world more rationally and often leading a more "normal" life. 

    Hope this helps!!

  6. ThatYossarian profile image60
    ThatYossarianposted 6 years ago

    Schizophrenia is a specific diagnosis and mental illness based on the presence of a number of symptoms. These can include auditory hallucinations, unstable emotions, disorganized thoughts and speech, and delusions. Schizophrenics are also more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol.

    It is known that the incidence of schizophrenia is strongly linked to a person's genetics, and it is likely that certain environmental cues may play a role, although less is known about those.

    It has also been hypothesized that abnormal time perception may play a role in the development of schizophrenia. Scientists have speculated that the disorganized pattern of behavior and speech may stem from misconceptions related to a schizophrenic's ability to determine cause and effect relationships between events in his or her environment.

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)