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Schizophrenia is a psychiatric disorder that is characterized by a variety of symptoms and the disorganization of feeling and thought It is an incurable disease whose causes are unknown yet whose effects are mind and body crippling Young 1988 p13-14 This topic was chosen because it is interesting to study a disorder that worldwide is viewed as a classic example of madness and insanity Another reason of interest is because unlike many illnesses schizophrenia doesnt have a noticeable pattern and its difficulty to be diagnosed as a disease makes the collection of statistics difficult It is important to learn more about schizophrenia because a significant numbr of people are affected everyday by it In the United States alone schizophrenic patients occupy more hospital beds than any other type of patient Schizophrenics also account for nearly 40 of admissions to state and county hospitals Smith 1992 p32 In the research of schizophrenia perhaps the best way to begin its study is to look at its past and history Although it is just to assume that todays definitions of schizophrenia may differ from the pasts it is logical to aslo include the fact that it existed as far as history can go Many people during the 1800s were often dubbed as insane because of the dizorganization of thought and feeling that existed Smith 1992 p28 Later in the 1800s more stories grew about the insanity and in the beginning of the 1900s doctors began to name this illness dementia praecox meaning mad or out of ones mind In 1896 schizophrenia was recognized as a mental illness by a German psychiatrist named Email Kraeplin His recognition of the disease was made after a careful study conducted on people hospitalized for mental disturbances Then in 1911a German physicist named Eugen Blueler renamed it schizophrenia because of the disorganization of the thought process that existed Szasz1982 p4 p29 In 1900 the term schizophrenia now used worldwide was used to describe
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