Schizophrenia is a
disorder that carries many misconceptions. According to the National
Institution of Mental Health (2016), “Schizophrenia
is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks,
feels, and behaves.” People today believe that schizophrenics are
psychotic or crazy, but they are living with a disability that affects many
aspects of their lives. Significant amounts of people live with Schizophrenia
daily. It also affects those around them. Living with a mental disorder can be
a 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 affected
by genetic factors. Some are affected based upon environmental factors. Families
with multiple individuals who have Schizophrenia are susceptible through
genetics and environmentally. Closer relatives and possibly spouses have an
increased risk (Lewis & Buchanan, 2015).

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            Studies have shown multiple differences between men and
women with Schizophrenia. Though schizophrenics may have a slightly more
difficult life course, there are significant differences between their journeys
with 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 multiple
reasons. First, I feel as though Schizophrenia has many misconceptions attached
to it. “Normal” people of society believe that schizophrenics are crazy and
have less worth. They cannot take care of themselves or their families. After
researching, I have found that though it may be a bit more difficult for the
men and women that live with this disorder, it is not impossible to live a life
full of happiness and full functioning. Secondly, I find that this disorder is
quite interesting. Schizophrenia affects people differently, and I want to look
deeper into what it is that makes this disorder vary so much. Third, Schizophrenia
is a disorder that is still being researched. There is no found cure for it, but
there are many different methods of treatment.

            I also felt compelled to write on
Schizophrenia because I personally know someone who lives with the disorder. I
have seen how it can affect her to her rock bottom, and I have seen her rise
from such a dark place. I feel like by researching this topic, I will be able
to understand her situation better than I had before. For me, when a situation
becomes personal, I want to know more. I want to find out why something has
affected someone else the way that it did. I look forward to searching deeper
into this disorder.