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Lecture 8

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Hywel Morgan

Abnormal Psychology Lecture 8 NotesSchizophrenia1 of the population is affected by schizophrenia Unlike other disorders it affects across culture equally no different for other culturesNot a rare disorder pretty common as far as psychopathologies goSchizophrenia is a psychotic disorder it is a psychosis An individual that is not experiencing the reality around them the same one someone not psychotic does a loss of touch with reality Psychosis usually comes in 1 of 2 categories of disorders1 Schizophrenia and schizophrenic like disorders Aka Delusional Disorders2 Pervasive Developmental Disorders not going to focus in this classOne of the hallmarks of schizophrenia is hallucinations Hard to diagnose in childhood because children do make things up like imaginary friends Autism is a psychotic condition also Schizophrenia is a class of disorders marked by delusions hallucinations disorganized speech and a deterioration of adaptive behaviour Adaptive BehaviourYour ability to change in response to a new environmentSchizophrenia FactsSocially devastating problem Affected 221000 Canadians in 1996Canadian health carebillions annuallyA group of related disordersKey feature psychotic symptomsprofound disturbance in thoughts realitytestingand affectIn schizophrenia you will see labile changes a lot affect Prodromal usually in adolescencedecreased level of functioning social withdrawal peculiar behaviours neglect hygiene changes in emotion Acute schizophrenia is easy to treat with medicationChronic schizophrenia medication usually alleviates symptoms
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