A common misunderstanding must be clarified before discussing schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is not multiple personality disorder, a disorder with which the split brain disease is often confused. Take the following two definitions of schizophrenia, noting that within both definitions the distinction must be made that the illness is not multiple personality disorder:
Schizophrenia is a general term for a group of psychotic illnesses characterized by disturbed thinking, emotional reactions, and behaviors. Schizophrenia means split brain to describe how the sufferer’s thoughts and feelings may not relate to each other in a logical fashion. Often the disorder is described as split personality but this has led to it being confused with multiple personality disorder, a quite distinct condition.
Schizophrenia is the term for a group of mental disorders marked by a variety of symptoms. Literally, the term means split brain, but contrary to a common misconception, schizophrenia does not imply a split personality, in the sense of someone acting like two different people. Not until the 20th Century was schizophrenia distinguished from other forms of psychosis.
This analysis will explore the symptoms, causes and treatment for schizophrenia, a disease that affects one in every one hundred individuals worldwide. Included in the analysis will be the biological, psychological and chemical treatments currently utilized to try and treat the disease. A conclusion will address what path future treatment must travel in order to help allow those who suffer from the disease the highest quality of life possible.
Schizophrenia affects men and women equally. However, men begin to suffer from the onset of the disease on average about five years earlier in age than women. Of the general population, approximately 150 out of 100,000 persons suffer from schizophrenia which makes its occurrence relatively rare (Public 4). However, schizop...