Paranoid schizophrenia is one of five different types of schizophrenia, of which this paper will be most concentrated. Paranoid schizophrenia is a brain disorder that affects the way a person thinks, acts, and sees the world. People suffering from this disorder have a distorted perception of reality. With any disorder, there is usually both therapy as well as medication used for treatment. In most cases, both medication and therapy work better than just one form. Schizophrenia can be triggered by a tragic event or can be developed over time. The purpose of this research is to increase knowledge and awareness of paranoid schizophrenia. Although there is no cure yet found for schizophrenia, there are options for treatment of this psychotic disorder including medications, therapy, and group homes. There are also still many theories as to why this disorder is developed; this is because a complete understanding and explanation of schizophrenia is still arguably not found. .
Paranoid Schizophrenia .
Paranoid schizophrenia is a brain disorder that affects the way a person thinks, acts, and views the world. People suffering from this disorder have a false perception of reality. They may see or hear things that don't exist, speak in strange or confusing ways, believe that others are trying to harm them, or feel like they're being constantly watched. People suffering from this disorder are confused between reality and imaginary ideas which makes performing the activities of daily life very difficult. As a result, people with schizophrenia may withdraw from the outside world or act out in confusion and fear. .
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR), "The diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia include having two or more of the following symptoms for a significant portion of time during a 1-month period: delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior, and negative symptoms" (American Psychiatric Press Inc.