Case Study (Using the History of Psychology)

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Studies have shown that one in 100 Americans has had schizophrenic fits throughout their lifetime (Berrios, 1996). Yet preventive therapies, introduced in the early 1990s, have proven…

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Research has helped develop advanced curative techniques (JAAPA, 2002). Among symptoms typifying Schizophrenia are: (a) hearing what other people do not; (b) believing that others can read their minds; (c) believing that others can control their thoughts; and (d) the illusion that others are plotting to harm them (APA, 1994). People that have this disease may appear normal and the disease may go unnoticed if the person does not express his or her thoughts; and these symptoms create feelings of dread and fear which makes the victim appear withdrawn or extremely agitated (Jones, 2007). Medical treatment and prescription drugs help relieve the symptoms. Most people can cope with the disease with proper medical care and a support system. Case studies have determined that social classes are equally prone to the illness, yet research has noted that certain social classes suffer their first fits earlier than others, explains JAAPA (2002). A record of patients from higher social class has an average age of 24.8 years when the onset of Schizophrenia is recorded compared to the lower class which as an average of 33.1 years of a recorded diagnosis (JAAPA, 2002). This case study further explains that untreated psychosis in the lower class guarantees a less favorable treatment outcome.
The phenomenology aspect of schizophrenia is the starting point of investigators in an effort to understand the disease of schizophrenia. The cause and origin of Schizophrenia is complex in that there are no boundaries in its symptoms (Verhoeven & Tuinier, 2008). The phenomenology study of genetics and biological research has not been able to associate a linkage between schizophrenia and a specific locus of DNA (Verhoeven & Tuinier, 2008). However, some empirical research has concluded that schizophrenia is extremely unpredictable and diverse in its symptoms (Verhoeven & Tuinier, 2008). The psychological cultural aspect of ...
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