Schizophrenia. Chronic Illness. Essential Question/Bellringer. What is Schizophrenia? Bellringer: On handout. Defining Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder About 1% of Americans have this illness (about 3 million)
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Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder
About 1% of Americans have this illness (about 3 million)
More men are diagnosed than women
Dopamine Overactivity(researchers speculate that such a high level may intensify brain signals in schizophrenia, creating positive symptoms, such as paranoia)
Brain Anatomy (people with schizophrenia have abnormal brain activity. For example, some patients have low brain activity in the frontal lobe, which is responsible for making plans and judgment
Nearly 1 in 100 odds of any person’s being diagnosed with schizophrenia become about 1 in 10 among those who have an afflicted sibling or parent, and close to 1 in 2 among these people have an afflicted identical twin
Schizophrenia is also said to be caused by environmental factors, such as malnutrition before birth, exposure to viruses, and problems during birth.
An example of a medication is clopazine, which helps treat hallucinations
No therapists are involved, but groups of people help and support each other
Emphasizes social and vocational training to help people with the disorder function better in their communities
Help patients who have difficulty with self-care, communication, work, etc. form relationships with others
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