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Schizophrenia affected teens
Schizophrenia is one of the most complexes of all mental illness. It involves a severe, chronic, and disabling disturbance of the brain.
Basically schizophrenia is a chronic, severe and immobilizing brain disease that tends to develop between late adolescence and early adulthood. People with schizophrenia may have difficulty distinguishing reality from fantasy, managing their emotions, or communicating with others.
Although schizophrenia affects men and women equally, symptoms in men generally begin earlier than in women. In most cases, schizophrenia first appears in men during their late teens or early 20s.
Misconceptions abound about schizophrenia, making it one of the most stigmatized of all mental illnesses. People suffering from this disease do not have split personalities and the majority are neither violent nor dangerous to other people, which is a common misconception portrayed by the media.
New imaging studies are revealing—for the first time—patterns of brain development that extend into the teenage years. The neurological development of children is considered sensitive to features of dysfunctional social settings, such as trauma, violence, lack of warmth in personal relationships and hostility. These have all been found to be risk factors for the later development of schizophrenia.
Recently news published that a youth who are missing part of a chromosome is further implicating a suspect gene in schizophrenia. Youth with this genetic chromosomal deletion syndrome already had a nearly 30-fold higher-than-normal risk of schizophrenia, but those who also had one of two common versions of the suspect gene had worse symptoms.
Symptoms of schizophrenia:
1. Disordered perceptions of reality
2. Disordered thinking and expression
3. Emotional flatness or withdrawal
Core Problems in Psychotic Phase
1. Social and/or Occupational Impairment
2. Delusions or Hallucinations
3. Disorganized or Bizarre Behavior
5. Impaired Communication with Words
6. Impaired Communication with Emotions
Common Associated Problems in Prepsychotic or Post psychotic Phase
1. Lack of Physical Exercise
2. Poor Sexual Interest or Ability
3. Increased Smoking
4. Sad or Depressed Mood
5. Poor Concentration or Attention
6. Poor Memory
7. Lack of Insight
8. Lack of Self-Confidence
It is important that family and friends learn all they can about the disease. Support groups and family therapy can give loved ones a better understanding of the illness, including how to minimize chances for relapse, and when and how to get the patient the appropriate professional care.
While there is no cure for schizophrenia, antipsychotic medications have been proven to be crucial in relieving the psychotic symptoms of the disease (hallucinations, delusions, etc.). Once these symptoms are controlled, rehabilitative therapy can help people with schizophrenia learn to develop social skills, cope with stress, identify early warning signs of relapse, and prolong periods of remission. The good news is that many people with schizophrenia can work and live in the community or with their families if they receive continuous, appropriate treatment.
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