has been schientifically described its caused as too much brain cells
communication using dopamine. Its communication is supposed
to be happening at the neurotransmitter. Unlike dopamine,
glutamate plays an important role everywhere in our brain.
brain in schizophrenia
some newer researchers have found that it
has more connection with glutamate compared to
dopamine. Misplacing glutamate signaling
is thought to make the disorder in human behaviors.
of a movie "a beautiful mind"
express schizophrenia very precisel. There are about 1 percent of
schizophrenia patient, and most of them are disabled throughout their
life. Fewer than half of the patients get married or raise
families. Some 15 percent of them live in state or county mental
health facilities, and another 15 percent end up occuring some crime
vagrancy. About 60 percent are poor, and one in 20 are
homeless. The patients need some social support.
of their family members have a schizophrenia, they are more
likely to have this disease. Stressful events in one person`s
environment can trigger schizophrenia. For example, during
intrauterine development and birth can cause this disease. Family
support plays a bigger role for this disease. I am experiencing
that I feel much lesser stress when I have somebody that I can talk to
as my family. People who have schizorphenia often become homeless
because they can`t socially function anymore. I felt much better
when my cousin came up to visit me when I got this disease. I am
lucky enough that I can still go to school and have my life with having
support with people that I live with as my family. People need
family no matter who you are with.
are three categories of symptoms of Schizorphenia: positive, negative,
and cognitive. Positive symptoms includes beyond normal
experience. Negative symptoms usually indicates diminished
experience. Cognitive, or disorganized symptoms refer to
difficulty maintaining a logical, coherent flow of conversation,
focusing on one thing, and thinking abstruct level.
Symptoms of this disease typically appears
before the age of 45, continuous presence of symptoms for 6 months or
more. It affects social and occupational functioning. At
first, the symptoms are harder to be awared. The major symptoms
are; feeling tense, trouble sleeping and baving trouble
concentrating. They get more isolated, and withdrawn.
People don`t want to see anybody anymore, and they do not make or keep
friends. This brings this disease worse.
When this disease develop, psychotic symptoms
(bizzarrre act that keeps patients too happy and too active with their
Inability to take care of personal needs
Decreased sensitivity to painful stimulus
|Delusional thoughts of
persecution or of a grandiose nature
=believing in things that other people usually don`t believe
|Disorders thinking - starts
thinking and taliking about totally unrelated things
Incoherence (not understandable)
Hallucinations(hearing, seeing, or feeling things that are
not there. For example, I hear cursing in my head pretty often)
|Prominent symptoms of the
illness have abated, but some features - such as hallucinations and
flat affect(no emotions appearance)
- may remain
|Patient may have symptoms of
more than one subtype of schizophrenia.
The major drug treatment used
to be focus on dopamine balance. The newer treatment is based on
a knowledge about misfunctioning of glutamate. The disease is
still remained with a lot of mystery. PCP (phencylidine) which is
also known as angel dust supposed to help controling the
disease. It is a manifestation drug that reduce its
symptoms of negative and cognitive and, positive.
Risperdal is the medication that I am using right now. It is
antipsychosis drug. Some of side effects are; make you sleepy,
impair your thoughts or reactions.
used for schizophrenia, manic depression, and autistic children to
treat symptoms of irritability.
more comfortable to be have subject identity for myself than object
identity. It is hard to figure out who I am because I get
confused with my voices in my head. I want to accept every
character of myself. I want to have a true identity of myself
that I desire to be.
Subject and object
Objects often have some hidden meanings to schizophrenia
patients. Useless things for other people such as news items,
pictures, and letters can have some messages for schizophrnea
patients. For example, I have cursing in my head, and repeat
certain words that I never even thought I would use.
Orange, snakes, elephant, zibra, building, and flowers
upsets me sometimes. Some words such as offering, sex, niger,
beauty and nasty, teacher, peanus, falling, like and hate, interesting,
I don`t care, and kids makes split meaning to me. It keeps poping
in my head as if it makes me out of control. I hardly ever think
myself as aggressive. I never hate anybody. Aggressive
words that my brain repeats makes me sad, but it needs to be explained
Those words often pops out in some specific
situation. For example, when I appreciate for something, I often
saying "thank you," but in my head it is saying "nasty" or "I don`t
I realize myself profiling very often. I
expect people`s sentences before they finish what they are going to
say. I get confused whose voice it is. I repeat myself and
others, then I say"Is this my voice or others?" I sometimes hear
a dog is talking like a kid. I feel like I am overwhelmed by
sensing too many things, and I feel like I am falling sensing what is
there. I feel like I am blind even tough I get hallucination.
I have many scars that I don`t even know how and
when I got them. I can`t explain good enough how I got this
disease since there are too many possibilities of the disease`
causes. I am afraid of my voice and thought of myself and
everything that I feel. I feel, think, and speask in a way that I
am feeling different and opposite than I normally do. I am
drawn into the deep sea of scar and fear that my imagination has
created. A movie "Danny Wako" tells a story that a boy was just
paranoid during his jorney. Many people around me says that my
decision making is based on everybody`s consense. My mind spread
all over. Many people got involved with my disease. I hope
I can solve my problem with a saller circumstances. Creating more
joyful things with a good influence.