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Schizophrenia and Psychosis, Lifespan Development

Schizophrenia and Psychosis, Lifespan Development
PSY/410
August 22, 2011

Schizophrenia and Psychosis, Lifespan Development
Different disorders can be diagnosed differently and the onset of symptoms can pin point exactly what disorder an individual has.   Schizophrenia is a chronic severe brain disorder that affects individuals every day and it only affects about 1% of Americans. This psychotic disorder has a very severe impact on impairment, emotions and behavior.   Individuals that have this certain disease can lead a normal and healthy life is they take care of themselves and take their medication as they should.   We will discuss how schizophrenia has an impact on individuals and how it can affect them throughout the lifespan.
Schizophrenia and Psychosis
Schizophrenia can be characterized by different types of unusual behaviors and the most important aspect of schizophrenia is the human thought process.   This type of disorder can be difficult to diagnose and it does not come out or be perssistant like some disorders.   People can go with having schizophrenia for years until something happens causing it to come out of the wood works.   Schizophrenia can be inherited or is known to be inherited from a family member that suffers from this disorder.   Behavioral components can also play a role in schizophrenia as well as biological components.  
Types of Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia can be put into sub types which are paranoid-type, disorganized-type, catatonic-type, undifferentiated-type and residual-type (WebMD, 2011).   Each type can help diagnose an individual who are having symptoms to allow the right medication.   Paranoid type is characterized by hallucinations and delusions but still have normal functioning.   Disorganized type is where a person is disorganized about various things.   However, catatonic type deals with functioning and with this type of schizophrenia and disturbance of movement. Undifferentiated type is the onset of multiple symptoms of...

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