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Schizophrenia /精神分裂症 (Reading & Sharing)

Schizophrenia, this disease is chronic and can be disabling to a person and their family. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that can affect how a person thinks, feels, and behaves, making them seem almost “out of touch” with reality (National Institute of Mental Health, 2016). Without proper treatment, these patients can really hurt themselves or someone else.

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Schizophrenia /Reading and Sharing

Schizophrenia has always been one of my favorite diseases to learn about and study.  The way the brain works fascinates me.  The disease is chronic and can be disabling to a person and their family.  Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that can affect how a person thinks, feels, and behaves, making them seem almost “out of touch” with reality (National Institute of Mental Health, 2016).  Without the proper treatment, these patients can really hurt themselves or someone else.

Although the disease is rare, it is still known as a serious mental condition.  The worldwide prevalence of schizophrenia is hard to determine because the factors to diagnosis vary in different countries.  It is estimated to affect about 1% of Americans.  A person can develop schizophrenia at any point throughout the life but it most often affects women between the ages of late 20’s to early 30’s and men in the late teens to early 20’s (National Alliance on Mental Illness, n.d.).  The incidence of schizophrenia is higher in men, but the prevalence is the same between men and women.  Research has found the reason for this difference is based on “strong hypothesis,” which makes estrogen neuro-protective for women (Falkenberg & Tracy, 2012).

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