November 6, 2011
I’ve always been interested in the brain. I wonder how the brain works and what kind of stuff is going on in the brain at certain times such as people with mental disorders. Although I know what I am interested in my major is still yet to be completely decided. When I was looking for an academics journal article I decided to just do a search on mental illnesses. While searching I found an article on Schizophrenia and the cost of having the disease. I found this very interesting because it’s sad it cost people so much to control a disease they didn’t choose to have and will never be able to get rid of it.
The article I found is by a man named Sudeepi Pahuja and he did a study on Schizophrenia and the cost of having the disease. Schizophrenia is a mental illness that usually develops in a person’s teens or early twenty’s. Someone with the illness may experience hallucinations, delusions, disorganized communication, poor planning, reduced motivation, and blunted affects, which may cause a person to be disabled and not able to work. There is currently no way to completely get rid of the disorder but there are ways to control it and it’s not cheap. Studies show that a person with Schizophrenia spends over 13,000 dollars a year trying to treat their disease. It has been proven that medication is very effective and plays a major role in the treatment but it only accounts for less than 10% of the cost. Other factors that contribute to the cost of the illness are, cost of hospital care this includes all inpatient and outpatient treatments and cost of a care taker if needed for the patient at home, psychologists consultations, and psychiatrist consultations. On top of the cost for all that taking antipsychotics have its own side effects as well causing more problems that have to be treated such as diabetes mellitus, 62% of schizophrenics have been reported to be obese or over weight. Further studies have...