Schizophrenia is adisorder that carries many misconceptions. According to the NationalInstitution of Mental Health (2016), “Schizophreniais a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks,feels, and behaves.” People today believe that schizophrenics arepsychotic or crazy, but they are living with a disability that affects manyaspects of their lives. Significant amounts of people live with Schizophreniadaily. It also affects those around them. Living with a mental disorder can bea challenge, but with the right resources, it can be tolerable.
Men and women throughout society are affected by schizophrenia.”It is quite common, affecting 1 in every 100 people” (Harvard, 2011). Those with the disability are not all affectedby genetic factors. Some are affected based upon environmental factors. Familieswith multiple individuals who have Schizophrenia are susceptible throughgenetics and environmentally.
Closer relatives and possibly spouses have anincreased risk (Lewis & Buchanan, 2015). Studies have shown multiple differences between men andwomen with Schizophrenia. Though schizophrenics may have a slightly moredifficult life course, there are significant differences between their journeyswith the disorder. “Men are likely to have an earlier onset, more difficulty adjusting,and poorer social networks” (Segarra et al., 2012). Women are I have chosen to write my paper on Schizophrenia for multiplereasons. First, I feel as though Schizophrenia has many misconceptions attachedto it.
“Normal” people of society believe that schizophrenics are crazy andhave less worth. They cannot take care of themselves or their families. Afterresearching, I have found that though it may be a bit more difficult for themen and women that live with this disorder, it is not impossible to live a lifefull of happiness and full functioning.
Secondly, I find that this disorder isquite interesting. Schizophrenia affects people differently, and I want to lookdeeper into what it is that makes this disorder vary so much. Third, Schizophreniais a disorder that is still being researched.
There is no found cure for it, butthere are many different methods of treatment. I also felt compelled to write onSchizophrenia because I personally know someone who lives with the disorder. Ihave seen how it can affect her to her rock bottom, and I have seen her risefrom such a dark place. I feel like by researching this topic, I will be ableto understand her situation better than I had before. For me, when a situationbecomes personal, I want to know more.
I want to find out why something hasaffected someone else the way that it did. I look forward to searching deeperinto this disorder.