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Dangerous Mind - Psychology Since Ive chosen to major in psychology Ive chosen to do my paper on something that pertains to my major In this case the mental disorder schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a severly disabilitating disease that has stricken the lives of almost two million people in the United States alone Keefe 20 Since this disease is so devastating the majority of people that suffer from it either live on the streets or in mental institutions In fact forty percent of the beds in American mental hospitals are occupied by patients with schizophrenia Hamilton 145 According to Hamilton the overall chances of a person to develop the disease is one in a hundred 145 There are three distinct types of schizophrenia that are diagnosed in todays society These are disorganized catatonic and paranoid schizophrenia Disorganized schizophrenia can start to show signs in early adolescents These people portray inappropriate behaviors and emotions For instance they may laugh at something like a close friend dieing or cry on a funny part of a movie Disorganized schizophrenics also talk in a nonsensical manner They make up their own language or just talk backwards Catatonic schizophrenia is set apart from the others because of the persons with it unique catatonic or motionless state These people spend lomg periods of time weeks months and occasionally years motionless or in other words dead to the world Hamilton 120 When they do snaqp out of their catatomic state they are extremly hostile and aggressive Last is paranoid schizophrenia which is characterized by the false beliefs or delusions the person has For example the thought that the FBI planted a secret microchip in their brain and is controlling them Alomg with these specific types of schizophrenia are some symptoms that pertain to all schizophrenics Firstoff all people diagnosed with schizophrenia have perceptual difficulties that is they sufer from hallucinations A hallucination is a false sensory experience such as seeing things
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