Schizophrenia is a chronic mentaldisorder that affects the mind in many ways. People with schizophrenia have ahard time interpreting reality. Module 13.8 states that it affects a person’sthoughts, emotions, and behavior. Main symptoms of this disorder are delusions,hallucinations, disorganized thinking, and not being able to functionnormal.
One major cause of schizophreniais genes (Schizophrenia, 2016). If someone has a parent with schizophrenia,they are six times more likely to develop the disease versus someone who doesnot. Other causes are autoimmunediseases, mind-altering drugs or even complications during birth or pregnancy(Schizophrenia, 2016). Schizophrenia hasa huge impact on relationships because it can cause withdrawal from family and friends.Some schizophrenics are aggressive and irritable.
They are not likely to live normal livesbecause of the mental state that they are in. There is no cure forschizophrenia, but there are treatment options. The lifelong treatment for thisdisorder is and involves medications and psychosocial therapy (Schizophrenia,2016). Sometimes, hospitalization is needed depending on how severe thedisorder is. Dissociative identity disorder alsoknown as “multiple personality disorder” is a chronic mental illness where aperson becomes dissociated from their sense of self (Dissociative disorders,1017). This will cause them to have more than one personality, and lack aconnection with their thoughts, memories, and identity. A person may feel thepresence of people living and talking inside their head. Each identity has aname, personality, and maybe even physical qualities.
Many people withdissociative identity disorder have severe memory loss (Dissociative disorders,2017). The main cause of dissociative identity disorder is using it as a copingmechanism when someone experiences trauma (Dissociative disorders, 2017).Symptoms include memory loss, multiple identities, depression, suicidal, orbeing detached from their emotions.
They do not live normal lives because theyhave so many personalities (Dissociative Identity Disorder). It impactsrelationships because they have a hard time functioning in everyday life(Dissociative Identity Disorder). Although is hard to treat someone withdissociative identity disorder, some treatment includes medications orpsychotherapy. Schizophrenia and dissociativeidentity disorder may seem similar, but are very different. People withschizophrenia see and hear things that are not real, while people withdissociative identity disorder do not. Although many people believe that peoplewith schizophrenia have multiple personalities, they do not.
Dissociativeidentity disorder usually develops as a coping mechanism developed from traumaand schizophrenia is not (Probing Question: How do schizophrenia and DIDdiffer? 2010). I chose these disorders becausethey are the most interesting to me. Mental illness is so scary and I want tobetter understand it. It is so scary to think that someone cannot control theirmind or realize what is happening to them. Schizophrenia is the most talked about mental disorder so I wanted tolearn more about it. Dissociative identity disorder is by far the mostinteresting to read about.
It is so insane that someone has multiplepersonalities without realizing. One of my biggest fears in life is having amental illness so I want to be proactive and learn about all mental disorders.