PSY240H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Social Stigma, Mania, Cell Migration
Schizophrenia is the most severe, challenging, and disabling form of mental illness. Important advances have been made in treatment, including psychologically based interventions such as cognitive-behaviour therapy, family therapy, and skills training: a comprehensive approach might integrate medication with psychotherapy, family therapy, and social skills training. Ruth: ruth has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. She is plagued by thoughts of death and delusions of a creature wrapped around her body. Ruth does not have a difficult developmental history, and there is no history of schizophrenia in her family. Schizophrenia is a complex condition characterized by heterogeneity: Individuals with very different family and personal history, varying response to treatment and prognosis, and ability to live independently are given the same diagnosis. In addition, auditory hallucinations, which occur in about 70% of schizophrenia patients were rarely described in cases prior to the 1700s. The lack of historical evidence seem to suggest that schizophrenia was extremely rate until the late eighteenth century.