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Andrew WaltersAbnormal Psychology-Mental DisordersSchizophreniahttpwwwmentalhealthcombookp40-sc02htmlHead1 Schizophrenia is a disorder that can effect anyone Itis the greatest the greatest disorder that effects teenagers When someoneis effected by the disorder it is not just that one person that has to learnto deal with it the families of the patients must also learn to deal withit There are many possible causes for the disorder with manydoctors believing that there is more than one cause What has been thoughtas the main cause for many years is a chemical imbalance in the brain Thiscould be an imbalance in the number of neurotransmitters andor an imbalancein the amount of dopamine Stress is not thought of as directly causingSchizophrenia but often makes already present symptoms worse some doctorsfeel that Schizophrenia might be the result of a slow acting virus sincethe symptoms can be delayed many years after the first infection Anotherpossible cause for the disorder is a genetic disposition This has yet tobe proven but it is thought of as a likely cause since children who havea parent with the disorder have a ten times greater chance of developingthe illness than children who have abnormal parents If both parents havethe disorder the chance of their off spring having the disorder jumps toforty times that of of an off spring with normal parents Some times as equallyas important as finding what causes a disease is finding what does not causea disease It is said that Schizophrenia is not caused by a domineeringmother andor a passive father not caused by childhood experiences povertyor not caused by the feeling of guilt or failure People who have schizophrenia can be divided up into threeequal groups those who only have one episode in their entire life thosewho have continual episodes but live normal lives between them and a thirdgroup who have never ending symptoms The symptoms that define an episodeof schizophrenia can generally be described as deterioration from a previouslevel of functioning The number one symptom of schizophrenia
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