Mental disorders are the black paper in people’s lives. Some amazingly find a white pen for it.
If you haven’t heard this word schizophrenia, it’s a mental disorder.
So, schizophrenia is one of the most abstruse and inexplicable disorders in the world. It affects just 1% of the population.
So before we get into understanding it, we need to understand the difference between syndrome and disease.
A disease is something that has a general set of symptoms, has proper treatment and can be diagnosed well. Syndrome, on the other hand, has a variety of symptoms and it isn’t possible to put it into one box. It isn’t properly understood and treatment is as per the symptoms people have and schizophrenia is a syndrome not a disease.
There is no formal definition for it. But schizophrenia is a disorder wherein a person starts losing touch of reality, which results in disorganised thinking, false perceptions, wrong emotions and belief over beliefs that aren’t real, in situations and, many times, hallucinations. Simply, it believes in thoughts that convey wrong messages, disordered thoughts, disorganised emotions.
Schizophrenia has always been tough to diagnose, but think of that time where people had it and it wasn’t even discovered.
Before you dive into history, learn to swim in the pool which states that not even a single person with mental disorders can be considered mad or as such. They don’t choose to be this and you don’t have to be rude.
Today it’s said to be caused by genes, low envy conditions and stress triggers. If one of your family members has it, there’s a chance for you to get it. If one of the twins has it, the other has a high chance of getting it, and if both parents have it, the child has a 40% chance of getting it.
Sometimes genes stay inactive but trigger up due to stress, but we can’t rely on this fact that schizophrenia is caused by such triggers.
So here you will find how this term was known before and how it evolved.
So yes, I think you have a better picture of schizophrenia now. So you learned about some terms, schizophrenia, its causes, and history. Eugen also didn’t like the term Kraeplin gave him because it only talked about the beginning. Today it is also said to be probably caused by higher levels of dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter in your brain. It sends signals from body to brain and is important for movement and some emotional responses.
Finally to get a crystal example, go to Youtube, and search – I am not a monster – schizophrenia by cecilia. Its a TED talk and a real example.
So it comes in early age twenty in men and late age twenty in women.