Schizophrenia

A beautiful 17-year- old with a great future ahead of her. She was the star of TV commercials, and sang in the high school choir. She was the envy of all the schoolgirls and the teachers' favorite. She lived in Crawford, Colorado and helped her family on the farm. She had high hopes of becoming a beautician and hairdresser and going on to college or technical school to develop her talent.
Now, at age 45 she lives in an apartment in an assisted living center in Grand Junction, where she has lived for the last 23 years of her life. She endures the multitude of medications. She sits in her room, writes songs and sends them to famous country singers, like Toby Keith, hoping to hear her song ...

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and study to be a hairdresser. On bad nights, however, it is a totally different story.
During one of her bad night conversations, she talks about off the wall things that none of my family can understand. She talks about how she thinks my sister can "call events" (tell the future) and how somebody told her that it was true. We try to tell her that my sister can't tell the future, but she doesn't believe us. She talks about how people just come into her apartment and harass her. She thinks that everything she sees is connected with some big plan or conspiracy against her. Often, she will be talking about one thing, and then giggle and just jump to something totally different.
All the random changes in subjects and crazy ideas are typical to those who suffer from paranoid schizophrenia, a disorder that affects over 2 million Americans (Mayo Clinic, 1998). Often Leann hears voices and sees people who do not exist. That is how she gets all her ideas about her or others reading ...

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their normal functioning and they usually require long-term treatment to control the symptoms (NIMH,1999).
There are five different cases of schizophrenia. These five types are Schizoaffective Disorder, Residual Schizophrenia, Paranoid Schizophrenia, Disorganized Schizophrenia, and Catatonic Schizophrenia (ZYPREXA, 2004). People with Schizoaffective disorder have not only symptoms of schizophrenia but also mood disorders such as major depression, or bipolar mania. This type of schizophrenia usually takes place in the early adult years and is much more common in women. Two very apparent symptoms of this disorder are that a person is unable to follow a moving object with their eyes and, ...

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