Schizophrenia is affecting people more now than a few decades ago. This illness is across the US and is present in every culture. People are now aware and understand how the illness can be devastating to one’s life. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder of the brain but it is highly treatable. In the US the total amount of people affected with the illness is about 2.2 % of the adult population. The average number of people affected per 1000 total population is 7.2 % per 1000, which means a city that is consists of 3 million people will have approxiamately 21,000 people suffering from schizophrenia. People with mental illness should seek early treatment to be stabilized with medications. During a 10 year period 25% of schizophrenics completely recovered, and another 25% much improved and become independent, while 15% were hospitalized and unimproved, and 10% die due to suicide. Since most schizophrenics recover from the illness and lives independently, some are not so fortunate. Where are some of the people with schizophrenia? Its about 6% are homeless and lives in shelters, another 6% lives in jails or prisons and 5 to 6% lives in hospitals, while 25% lives with family members, 28% are living independently and 20% lives in supervised housing or group homes. The aim of this research paper is t o discover and explore how schizophrenics lives on a daily bases with mental illness and how the effects can be devastating to themselves and family members. According to researchers, schizophrenia can be cured through extensive treatment, family support, medications and constant psychiatric evaluations. My findings also have proven the researchers to be accurate on their analysis. The results are overwhelming for schizophrenia patients who are receiving the greatest care and treatment available in the US. In future research I hope that schizophrenia can be cured for good and people suffering with this terrible illness can have their lives back.
Given these facts, this research paper will address this question. I will examine the effects of schizophrenia upon adults in the US. I have presented an overview of schizophrenia, the discovery of the illness. I will explain how genetics intertwined with schizophrenia. To fully explore the topic this paper will discuss the following questions.
1. What is schizophrenia, and discovery of the illness?
2. How genetics plays an important role in schizophrenia.
3. The major symptoms, treatments and drugs available.
4. How family members are affected by this illness.
5. How schizophrenics manage work and mental illness.
6. The diagnoses and prognoses of schizophrenia.
7. Recovery and relapse of schizophrenia.
What is Schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects the brain. It interferes with mental functions in a person and may cause changes to a person’s personality. It usually starts from adolescence unto...