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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