Michael Matthews November 22, 2011
Schizophrenia- split mind (of associative functions)
Thoughts, motives, behaviours radically different.
Respond to serious situations inappropriately with a fragmented human harmony of the mind
The thought- is very disorderly (we are often confused when they speak because they speak very
Behaviour- extremely regressive.
We have known something about Schizophrenia since around 1674. Was referred to as dementia praecox
(onset of madness)
Some argued that it is directly genetic to have Schizophrenia
Some argue it is just a label we give to people we don’t like or understand.
We are not quite sure what the term means. Potentially different kinds of the disease.
Doctors will agree about the disease only about 60% of the time.
1.5% of our population will suffer from this through our lifetime. If it becomes chronic, patients are often
given custodial care.
You can recover from the disease in some cases. But for some there is just too much pressure for change, as
it is a long term chronic disorder.
Onset for males is around 25 where it is slightly older for women. Women generally have a much better
pre-disorder personality than men, which is particularly why there are more women than men.
Catatonic- 10% (adopt a position for a long time).
Positive vs. negative symptoms- positive means there i