Psychology & Schizophrenia

  • Janet E Pletson
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Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling psychosis, which is an impairment of thinking in which the interpretation of reality is abnormal. Psychosis is a symptom of a disordered brain. Approximately 1 percent of the population world-wide develops schizophrenia during their lifetime. Although schizophrenia affects men and women with equal frequency, the disorder often appears earlier in men, usually in the late teens or early twenties, than in women, who are generally affected in the twenties to early thirties. People with schizophrenia often suffer symptoms such as hearing internal voices not heard by others, or believing that other people are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. The current evidence concerning the causes of schizophrenia is a mosaic. It is quite clear that multiple factors are involved. These include changes in the chemistry of the brain, changes in the structure of the brain, and genetic factors. Viral infections and head injuries may also play a role. New molecular tools and modern statistical analyses are allow focusing in on particular genes that might make people more susceptible to schizophrenia by affecting, for example, brain development or neurotransmitter systems governing brain functioning. State-of-the-art imaging techniques are being used to study the living brain. They have recently revealed specific, subtle abnormalities in the structure and function of the brains of patients with schizophrenia. In other imaging studies, early biochemical changes that may precede the onset of disease symptoms have been noted, prompting examination of the neural circuits that are most likely to be involved in producing those symptoms. This book presents the newest in-depth research from around the world on schizophrenia.
Preface; Executive Deficits in Schizophrenia and Mood Disorder: Similarities and Differences; Using Advanced Neuroimaging Techniques Toward Understanding Schizophrenia; Schizophrenia, Seizures and Sex; Use of Accounts in Long Term Friendships Sustained after One Friend Develops a Psychotic Illness; Vitamin B6 - The Experience in Treating Psychotic Symptoms and Psychotropic Drug-induced Movement Disorders; Determinants of Medication Compliance in Schizophrenia; "Find Out About Dreaming and you will Find out about Insanity" Hughlings Jackson; Children of Parents with Mental Illness; Hearing Voices: What are They Telling Us?; Index.
Uitgavejaar 2006
ISBN 9781594548673
Verschijningsdatum 1 sep. 2006
Omvang 240
Auteur(s) Janet E Pletson
Bindwijze Gebonden
Taal Engels
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