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The Challenge to Understand Schizophrenia (03:15)


Schizophrenia scrambles brain function and transforms human behaviors, causing its victims to lose contact with reality and experience psychic deterioration.

Breaking Down Stereotypes of Schizophrenia (04:03)

The major difficulties that schizophrenics face include problems with concentration, organization, and socialization. A group of schizophrenics talks about common misunderstandings about them and their experiences with the disease.

Symptoms of Acute Psychotic Attacks (04:59)

For schizophrenics, the acute phase of a psychotic attack includes positive symptoms of delirium and hallucinations predominate, causing victims to progressively lose control of their thoughts and actions.

How Schizophrenics Process Brain Signals (04:48)

Schizophrenics process environmental surroundings abnormally; allowing signals to pass through the brain unfiltered resulting in confusion and the inability to react appropriately in response to various situations.

Causes for Schizophrenic Detachment From Reality (03:19)

The primary symptoms of schizophrenia result from a disturbance in the transmissions facilitated by specific neurotransmitters. Dopamine-induced transmissions cause various symptoms depending on over-activity or under-activity.

Schizophrenia on the Streets (04:42)

Since his diagnosis with schizophrenia at 24 years of age, Richard has spent time living on the streets, in shelters, and in prison. Now he finds support at a drop-in shelter for people with mental illnesses.

A Grandmother With Schizophrenia (05:21)

Cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia affect intellectual functions such as short-term memory, capacity for planning, organization, judgment, and attention span.

Two Generations of Schizophrenia (04:54)

A family history of schizophrenia affects both mother and daughter. Many family members discuss the experience of growing up with a schizophrenic parent or sibling.

Development of Schizophrenia: Indications and Influences (04:32)

Progression of schizophrenia depends on the severity of crisis, age of the person, and nature of life at time of crisis. Various environmental factors and/or genetic factors may contribute to development of schizophrenia.

Lost Connections Between Neurons Contributes to Schizophrenia (03:18)

The onset of the first psychotic crisis in someone with schizophrenia coincides with the end of the brain's maturation process, suggesting a malfunction in the communication paths between the prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus.

Medications for Schizophrenia: Neuroleptics and Atypical Antipsychotics (02:46)

Historically, treatment for schizophrenia involved neuroleptic medications to suppress hallucinations and delirium. New atypical antipsychotic medications help reduce both positive and negative symptoms with less side effects.

Living With Schizophrenia (04:32)

Once a schizophrenic patient stabilizes, a multi-disciplinary team of social workers, psychologists, and nurses try to find a framework for living adapted to the patient's needs.

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The Torment of Schizophrenia

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Although one out of every hundred people in the world will likely wrestle with schizophrenia, the disease remains one of psychiatry’s greatest therapeutic challenges. Enhanced by computer animations of the brain, this poignant program uses several case studies and expert commentary to promote a better understanding of schizophrenia: its causes and warning signs, current treatments, and how it affects the lives of those who have it. The phases of a psychotic attack are described, and positive, negative, and cognitive symptoms are defined. In addition, approaches to mainstreaming patients are addressed. (53 minutes)

Length: 54 minutes

Item#: BVL11024

ISBN: 978-1-4213-8762-8

Copyright date: ©2000

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