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Schizophrenia is a chronic disease that affects one percent of the American population.

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Schizophrenia When people hear Schizophrenia, they think of a person that is a split personality psychopath. Schizophrenia is not what it is portrayed to be in the movies. It is a very severe illness that we need to find a cure, so the millions of victims of this miserable disease may suffer no longer. Schizophrenia is a chronic disease that affects one percent of the American population. It strikes in the late teenage and early adult years, most commonly between 15 and 25 years of age in men and between 25 and 35 years in women ("What is Schizophrenia" 1). People that suffer from schizophrenia often encounter terrifying symptoms such as hearing voices that are not heard by others, or they believe that other people are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. ...read more.

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Doctors say these symptoms usually respond well to treatment. Negative symptoms are noticeable by greatly reduced speech, energy and body language. Patients may possibly have unresponsive facial features and make poor eye contact. These symptoms are harder, but not impossible to treat. The final category includes disorganized symptoms. This causes the victims to be confused and have disorganized speech, irregular behavior and a short attention span. Doctors say these symptoms of schizophrenia have to be the toughest to treat and sometimes do not fully go away (Salvatore). The disorder can be dangerous for some, mostly when symptoms of paranoia combine with the other symptoms of schizophrenia. In fact, doctors say paranoid schizophrenics are infamous for stopping the treatments which help control their symptoms themselves ("What is Schizophrenia" 1). ...read more.

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Medication calendars or pill boxes labeled with the days of the week can help patients and caregivers know when medications have or have not been taken. Using electronic timers that beep when medications should be taken can help patients remember and stick to their dosing schedule. In addition, through a variety of other methods of monitoring, doctors can identify when pill taking is a problem for their patients and can work with them to make things easier. It is important to help motivate patients to continue taking their medications properly (NIMH). Schizophrenia is a very complex disease. The search for the exact causes and a cure for schizophrenia have been unsuccessful. As more is learned about the brain and genetics, the opportunity for better understanding of schizophrenia is now here. Schizophrenia has a disturbing impact on those who suffer from it, and on their families and friends. (Salvatore). Andrew Herrera Freshman Composition 9/25/03 ...read more.

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