Schizophrenia is a severe and debilitating disease of the brain that affects approximately 1 percent of the population worldwide. It can be devastating to those who suffer from it, as well as frightening and exhausting for their families. However, recent research on the causes of schizophrenia, its diagnosis, and the effectiveness of different treatments provides a more hopeful outlook for those affected. Schizophrenia describes the symptoms of this disease and the impact it has on patients and their loved ones. It also examines how scientific studies seek to untangle the multiple causes of schizophrenia and reviews research on how well drug and non-drug treatments work for schizophrenia patients.
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Schizophrenia by Heather Barnett Veague is a very informative book. Schizophrenia is a very complicated disorder. Veague makes it very understandable, anyone who reads this book could easily comprehend the main ideas and facts. All of the definitions of the different medical terms are explained in great, simple ways. Every chapter in the book begins with a scenario that introduces the topic of the chapter. This makes the disorder seem more normal than it seems. It kept me intrigued and wanting to learn more. Now that I have a full understanding of the disorder, it does not seem as scary as I thought. I learned a ton by reading this book. I had no idea there were so many symptoms. I just thought schizophrenic patients saw and heard things that were not really there. I also did not know that some schizophrenic patients could live without assistance. I had no idea of the different subtypes and severity of the disorder. Another fact I found very interesting was that the earliest account for schizophrenia was in 1656. This book made me really feel empathic for schizophrenic patients. Approximately 15% of patients commit suicide because voices in their head tell them to. 50% of patients become so impaired that their social functioning is limited. It is truly heartbreaking what these patients must go through on a daily basis. I had no idea how many people suffer from this disorder, and how much they suffer. This book really opened my eyes. I learned a lot about the different treatments for the different types of schizophrenia. Unfortunately, there is no cure for schizophrenia. But, there are many medications that relieve symptoms and help some patients live normal lives. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone looking to dig deeper into the disorder and learn what it is really like to live with schizophrenia.