Case Study Schizophrenia

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Schizophrenia is a disorder characterized by significant disorganization of thinking manifested by problems with communication and cognition; impaired perceptions of reality manifested by hallucinations and delusions; and sometimes in significant decreases in functioning. Approximately 2.2 million people, or 1% of the world population, suffer from schizoprenia . Statistics indicate that approximately 40% of these individual (1.8 million people) do not receive psychiatric treatment on any given day, resulting in homelessness, incarceration, or violence.(National Advisory Mental Health Council,2005).

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Chapter IIntroductionSchizophrenia is a disorder characterized by significant disorganization of thinking manifested by problems with communication and cognition; impaired perceptions of reality manifested by hallucinations and delusions; and sometimes in significant decreases in functioning.Approximately 2.2 million people, or 1% of the world population, suffer from schizoprenia . Statistics indicate that approximately 40% of these individual (1.8 million people) do not receive psychiatric treatment on any given day, resulting in homelessness, incarceration, or violence.(National Advisory Mental Health Council,2005).The onset of schizoprhenia may occur late in adolescence or early in adulthood, usually before the age of 30. Although the disorder has been diagnosed in children, approximately 75% of person diagnosed as having schizoprhenia develop the clinical symptoms between ages of 16 and 25 years. Schizoprhenia usually first appears earlier in men, in their late teens or early twenties, than in women, who are generally affected in their twenties or early thirties.( shives,2008)Age at onset appears to be an important factor in how the client fares: those who develop the illness earlier show worse outcomes than those who develop it later. Younger clients display a poorer premorbid adjustment, more prominent negative sign, and greater cognitve impairment than do older clients. Those who experience a gradual onset of the disease (about 50%) tend to have both poorer im

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