Schizophrenia

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Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a class of disorders characterized by fundamental disturbances in thought
processes, emotion, or behavior. It is also known as a "split mind"; the person is in a
world that has nothing to do with everyday experiences. One to one and a half percent of
the U.S. population will be diagnosed with it sometime over the course of their lives.
Schizophrenia has a pattern of unique and predictable symptoms. There are two main types
of symptoms: positive and negative symptoms. The positive symptoms are delusions or
hallucinations; negative symptoms are deficits in behavior or an inability to express
emotion. But what exactly are these symptoms and are they easy to detect?


The more obvious types of symptoms are the positive. One characteristic that is often
experienced is delusions, which are known as thoughts with meanings that are unrealistic.
For example, people with this disorder tend to believe that they are someone else in
disguise such as Elvis or Jesus. Another type of delusion is the delusion of grandeur,
which is when an individual believes that they are more important than they actually are.
A less common but very real type of delusion is a delusion of persecution, which is when
an individual is convinced that others are plotting against him. But even more severe is
perceptions known as hallucinations.


Hallucinations are perceptions that can not possibly be real because there is nothing
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