Schizophernia Essay

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Schizophrenia, a psychiatric disorder, affects approximately two and a half million
American people today. This life altering disease interferes with a person's ability to
think clearly, handle emotions, make decisions, and relate to others (Psychlaws). Roughly
about one percent of the population develops schizophrenia during their lifetime. This
brain disease sheds difficulties on a person as it can trigger hallucinations, delusions,
paranoia, and significant lack of motivation (Peace Health). The disease affects mainly
both males and females, although the disorder often appears in males first, usually in the
late teens or early twenties, than in women, generally affected in the twenties to early
thirties. Schizophrenia can not be prevented nor can it be ignored. It affects one's work,
family, and more importantly one's life (mhscc).

No clear answer has been given to the question of what causes schizophrenia, but as
technology improves so does the research to what plays a vital role in developing this
disorder. So far there have been three main contributing factors scientists are
researching: genetics and heredity, chemistry, and complications during pregnancy and
birth (mhscc). Firstly, it appears that multiple genes are involved in creating a
predisposition to develop the disorder. Factors such as prenatal difficulties like
intrauterine starvation or viral infections, prenatal complications, and various
nonspecific stressors, seem to influence the development of schizophrenia. Secondly, with
the use of chemistry, one can figure, through the use of genetics, how the brain uses
certain chemicals. People with schizophrenia have a chemical imbalance within them; this
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