9 March 2010
An Inside Look at Schizophrenia
“If depression is the disabling but common cold of psychological disorders, chronic schizophrenia is the cancer” (Myers). Today, there are many abnormal disorders that have become better understood; one of which being schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a severe, chronic, disabling brain disease that almost two million Americans will suffer from in a given year. Although schizophrenia may appear to be a dysfunctional disorder, there is more to this disease that meets the eyes. Most likely to develop earlier, more ...view middle of the document...
“Bizzare behavior may take the form of childlike silliness, agitation, or inappropriate appearance, hygiene, or conduct” (Berkow). The first signs of this disease are often confusing changes in an individual’s behavior; these psychotic symptoms are usually referred to as an acute phase of schizophrenia. An individual suffering from schizophrenia may also experience stages of hallucinations and/or delusions; a state of mental impairment known as psychosis. Some less obvious symptoms of schizophrenia include social isolation and unusual speech or behavior. Schizophrenia is a serious abnormal disorder that often requires long-term treatment for an individual.
People with schizophrenia can often be treated by therapy alone, but in some cases medication is used to counteract the unusual symptoms. Available since the mid 1950’s, antipsychotic drugs have improved the outlook for many individuals with schizophrenia. Antipsychotics allow individuals experiencing symptoms to function more appropriately and effectively. Antipsychotic drugs may very well be the best treatment for those with schizophrenia; not acting as a cure, antipsychotics help to balance out the psychotic symptoms. In 1990, a new set of antipsychotic medications was introduced to the world; drugs known as atypical antipsychotics. The most effective of these new drugs, clozapine comes with some very severe side-effects. Although clozapine helps to greatly reduce schizophrenic...