Imagine a voice instructing you to meet a friend at a park, right away and apologize to them for planning on dating their girlfriend or boyfriend. Although you had no plan of doing so you do as your instructed, arriving at the park at 2 a.m. The park is deserted and you dismiss the incident as an overactive imagination. You go on with your ever day activities but the voices keep intruding. Eventually you start to see visions of bloody images, cut-up people, and dismembered bodies. You don't know who or what to believe you"re at odds with reality. Your positive that the visions and voices are real, you don't know who to trust, what is real, and why this is happening to you. To the person with schizophrenia the voices and visions sound and look as authentic as the announcer on the radio and the cupboards in the kitchen. 2.5 million Americans have the disease, which transcends economic status, education, geography and even the love of family (Gesalman, Springer, & Underwood,2001). .
The disease that came to be termed schizophrenia was first described by German psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin in the 1890s, but it remains one of the most tragic and mysterious of mental illnesses(Abramowitz,2001). Whether it brings the voices of heaven or of hell, it causes what must be the worst affliction a conscious being can suffer the inability to tell what is real from what is imaginary. .
Schizophrenia A Tragic 3.
Schizophrenia, a disease of the brain, it is one of the most disabling and emotionally devastating illnesses known to man. Schizophrenia is marked by a persistent presence of at least two of these symptoms: delusions, hallucinations, frequently derailed or incoherent speech, hugely disorganized or catatonic behavior, or the absence of feeling or volition (Torrey, 1995). If the delusions are especially bizarre, or the hallucinations consist of either a running commentary on what the person is doing or thinking, or multiple voices carrying on a conversation, then that alone qualifies the person as schizophrenic (Herz,& Marder, 2002).