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Overview of Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is the most common mental disorder in the United States affecting around one percent of the United States population It is characterized by a deep withdrawal from interpersonal relationships and a retreat into a world of fantasy This plunge into fantasy results in a loss of contact from reality that can vary from mild to severe Although the therapy and drugs help the schizophrenics deal with their problems tremendously there is not enough to go around because states are closing their mental institutes for financial reasons Even though the cost of mental institutes are high the schizophrenics are better off being kept in them because they could cause a huge uproar on the streets Without the mental institutes the schizophrenics will get worse because they are unable to live independently Many schizophrenics might even be harmful to society because their brain is out of control The paranoid schizophrenics could go on a rampage and try to kill everyone because they think that everyone is out to hurt them This could be the future of our world if we dont take the time and money to treat schizophrenics In this paper I give a overview of schizophrenia by discussing deinstitutionalization factors that lead to schizophrenia the affects of schizophrenia and methods that can be used to treat schizophrenia During the 1950s people who had mental disorders were harmful to society and themselves but could be treated with medications and were able to return safely to their communities However during the 1980s the cost of health care increased more than any other cost in our national economy As a result strategic planning has been made to reduce costs The political decision made to deinstitutionalize chronic mental patients started with the appearance of phenothiazine medications Dramatically reducing the instability influenced by psychosis these medications were of great significance to many individuals with serious mental disorders At both the state and federal
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