History of Schizophrenia

            Mental illness can be found in individuals all over the world, it is a disorder that does not discriminate against race, sex or religion. Mental illness does not base its self in one particular area of the world. There are many forms of mental illness according to medical journals used by psychiatrist. According to those psychiatrists, psychosis is the most severe form of mental illness. Individuals diagnosed as psychotic are said to have a brain disorder or chemical imbalance. There is the belief that in most psychosis, there is no known or demonstrable physical reason for the symptoms of illness that are displayed. The mind is considered not well and in need of a cure. Persons diagnosed with this particular type of mental illness often appear confused or display some sort of shocking change in their behavior. They tend to have hallucinations, mood changes, and are unable to think or speak clearly. Patients also have trouble remembering things. The concern is that people with psychosis are not able to function normally and treatment often involves confinement, either voluntary or involuntary. As the textbook explains schizophrenia is a more common psychosis, it primarily involves difficulties in thinking. This disorder can affect anyone as mentioned earlier. This disorder does not just affect that one person, the families of the patients must also learn to deal with it. Usually in everyday language a person who is diagnosed by mental health professionals are likely to be called "mad”, "nut” or "crazy by "normal” persons. To those mental health practitioners, these people are ill and require professional help .

             SOCY 105, Contemporary Social Issues.

             Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders.


             What does it mean to be "psychotic” or have a mental disorder? There are literally hundreds of definitions trying to define exactly what it is. Psychosis is a severe mental illness in which a person loses contact with reality and has difficulty functioning in daily life.

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