Have you ever hallucinated? If you have, you were probably terrified and tried to do whatever to stop these hallucinations. Did you know that people who suffer from schizophrenia live with these hallucinations constantly? Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech and behavior.
For males, one usually develops and is diagnosed which schizophrenia around their late teens and early 20s (16-20). In females, one usually develops and is diagnosed which schizophrenia around their mid-teens and mid-20s (15-25). Some symptoms of schizophrenia are delusions, hallucinations and illusions, lack of emotional expression, disordered thinking, and inappropriate reactions.
What really interests me is what causes schizophrenia. Did you know that doctors still haven’t found a cause for schizophrenia? However, there are many factors that contribute to the cause of schizophrenia. One being brain chemistry, abnormal functioning neurotransmitters such as dopamine. Also, another factor that leads to the cause of schizophrenia is hereditary, so it runs in the family.
As far as treating schizophrenia many people are prescribed antipsychotics, also known as neuroleptic medications. However, it can be hard to treat something when the person who is receiving the treatment isn’t taking the medication. Did you know that three-quarters of schizophrenic patients stop taking their medication? The reason the patients stop taking the medication is because it didn’t do anything to help cope with schizophrenia, or they had many negative side effects. Also, some patients don’t think there is anything wrong with them, so they may stop taking their medication.
Growing up I had a schizophrenic cousin. She was older than me, but her mental age was younger than me. I remember at every family event she would tell us she got a new job, and it would always be a different profession. The most fascinating thing is that she 100% believes that she is that profession and no one can tell her otherwise. As a young kid, I will always try to tell her no that she is not what she thinks she is and they would get very angry. I remember one time I was trying to tell her that there is nothing there and she full on tried to attack me. My dad had to pull her back and I was very scared and traumatized. Then, my dad had a conversation with me in which he explained to me what schizophrenia is and that my cousin had it. Overall, schizophrenia is a terrible mental illness and changes everything about someone. Do you know anyone who suffers from schizophrenia?