Effects of Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a chemical imbalance in the brain, being classified as a mental disorder. The brain consist of billions of nerve cells, the endings of these nerve cells release types of chemicals called: neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters carry messages from the endings of one nerve cell to the others; this messaging system does not work properly in the brains of those with schizophrenia. Signs of the disorder generally strike between the ages of 15-25 in males and 25-35 in females; though schizophrenia is most common in males. Those with schizophrenia suffer with harsh symptoms every day, some can be seen by others, some can not.
There are many signs and symptoms of schizophrenia, some of them are the following: delusions, hallucinations, disorganized thinking/ speech, abnormal motor behavior, depression, social withdrawal, forgetfulness, unable to concentrate. Those are just a few of the symptoms, there are many more. The effects of delusions can be false beliefs that are not based in reality; one might think they are being harmed, watched, a major catastrophe is going to occur or their body is not functioning properly. Hallucinations usually involve seeing or hearing things that do not actually exist; hearing voices is the most common hallucination. Someone with schizophrenia might have trouble communicating with others or getting their words across; this is considered disorganized thinking/ speech. Abnormal motor behavior includes resistance to follow instructions, inappropriate and bizarre posture, lack of response, and useless/excessive movement. Social withdrawal might be considered as depression; one might push others away when they are trying to help. Most people with schizophrenia think they have absolutely nothing wrong with them and do not need help; they might think the people who are trying to help them are “out to get them” or “plotting against them”. Forgetfulness and unable to concentrate are the minor symptoms of schizophrenia.
Different medications are used for schizophrenic patients; the medicines do not get rid of or delay schizophrenia but they treat the symptoms or make them not as harsh. But all medications have side effects and those can be just as exhausting as the original symptoms are. Those taking antipsychotic drugs may suffer the following side effects: drowsiness, restlessness, muscle spasms, tremor, dry mouth, blurring of vision, and weight gain. Some antipsychotic medications can even cause long term...