Skitzofrenia By: Sophia B. & Serenity G.

What is Skitzofrenia?

It's a disorder that affects a person's ability to think, feel, and behave clearly.

Symptoms

These are just a few

Repetitive movements, delusion, believes thoughts aren't ones own, memory loss, feeling detached from self, hallucination, speech disorder, hearing voices and lack of emotional response

Cause of Skitzofrenia

There is no known single cause of skitzofrenia, many diseases like heart disease are from genetics this may be the same case for skitzofrenia.

Can you prevent skitzofrenia?

There's no way to prevent it but you can lessen your risk to getting skitzofrenia. For example don't use street drugs, develop your social skills, avoid social isolation and maintain friendships with adults.

What is life like with Skitzofrenia?

You can zone out it makes you look like you're talking to yourself. You can't tell if the voices are real or fake, it can effect even your relationships with people depending on how severe your disorder is. You usually have to see a psychiatrist every day or every other week your friends and family can help. Then you have to take medications everyday but your medications is a trial and error some drugs make you really angry to really sad just in the span of 5 hours, even though they can stop the voices it's a very long process to find the right thing for you.

Facts

1% of the population (2.2 million Americans) will develop schizophrenia

There are five subtypes of schizophrenia: paranoid schizophrenia, disorganized schizophrenia, catatonic schizophrenia, undifferentiated schizophrenia, and residual schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia typically appears when a person is in his or her teens to early 20s.

About 10% of people with schizophrenia commit suicide and are more likely to have a drug or alcohol abuse problem.

Why should we care?

Because if you see a kid that looks like they're talking to themselves or you think they are "crazy". You should be aware that they are not in control of of the voices that are in their head, and you can't assume someone is crazy, when they might have a disorder. Maybe even a friend has it and you don't know if they're acting or not so it helps to know.

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