Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves; the major parts of the brain that are affected is the prefrontal cortex and the basal ganglia.
Psychotic behaviors not seen in healthy people.
- Thought disorders
- Movement disorders
Associated with disruptions to normal emotions and behaviors
- Reduced expression of emotions
- Reduced feelings of pleasure in life
- Difficulty beginning and sustaining activities throughout life
- Less speaking
Changes in memory or other ways of thinking
- Trouble focusing
- Problems with memory
- Poor "executive functioning"
- Scientists know that Schizophrenia runs in the family, though some subjects have developed the disorder and have no family member to have the disorder as well.
- Some scientists believe that there are also environmental factors that cause a subject to have the disorder. Such as: exposure to viruses, malnutrition at birth, problems during birth and psycho-social factors.
- Antipsychotics (Medication)
- Psychosocial Treatments (learn and use coping skills)
- Coordinated specialty care (All combined with family involvement, supported education and employment services)