Running Head: SCHIIZOPHRENIA
Schizophrenia is known to be very destructive to the victims of the disorder and their families. The illness is a mystery to most people because of lack of knowledge and very little research. The symptoms of the illness usually become apparent in its victims shortly after a person finishes high school and increase in severity throughout adulthood. Schizophrenia shows itself in many forms and at the same time it has predictable symptoms and destructive progressions. Past interpretations of this illness caused the person inflicted to live under a stigma. This stigma is widely due to the illness being misunderstood by most. Life is generally hard for most people living with Schizophrenia but understanding and support from family and friends in addition to medication sufferers can live a happy life.
The word “schizophrenia” is Greek in origin. It comes from the word “schizo” meaning splitting and “phrenia” meaning mind. This causes the illness of Schizophrenia to be misinterpreted and misunderstood because one could link it to split-personality disorders. (Tartakovsky 2010) Schizophrenia affects about 1% of the world’s population and doesn’t discriminate from any culture, nationality, sex or economic background. Symptoms commonly start to appear sometime between the ages of 16 and 30. Typically males exhibit symptoms schizophrenia more than females do. Schizophrenia is a leading cause of long-term disabilities because the symptoms persist throughout the person’s life. (Mueser, 2004) Through research in the 21st century we have come a long way to fully understand this illness. Obviously the illness is spread worldwide and can affect anyone from anywhere. (Understanding Schizophrenia 2013) There are positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia which come in different stages that vary from person to person but with treatment and support sufferers of schizophrenia can live long happy lives. You...