Monday, January 4, 2010


What is Schizophrenia anyway? I always heard about this word from the student of Ateneo near where I'm working. One student shared this to me:

Schizophrenia from the Greek word skhizein (split) and phren (mind). It is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a neuropsychiatric and mental disorder characterized by abnormalities in the perception or expression of reality. It most commonly manifest as auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre dilutions, and disorganized speech and thinking with significant social or occupational dysfunction. Schizophrenia is a serious brain disorder that distorts the way a person thinks, acts, expresses emotions, perceives reality, and relates to others. People with schizophrenia the most chronic and disabling of the major mental illness often have problems functioning in society, at work, at school, and in relationships. It is a life-long disease that cannot be cured, but usually can be controlled with proper treatment. There are many theories about the cause of schizophrenia, but not yet proven. There are five types of schizophrenia the catatonic, disorganized, paranoid, residual and undifferentiated. Our patient suffers from undifferentiated schizophrenia which have the characteristic of positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia but do not meet the specific criteria for the paranoid, disorganized, or catatonic subtypes.

Patients with undifferentiated schizophrenia do not experience the paranoia associated with paranoid schizophrenia. Undifferentiated schizophrenia cannot be cured, but can b e managed with a cooperative effort. According about 697,543 Filipino suffers from this disorder and at about 10 million around the world, mostly Americans.

We choosed this case because we as a group want to gain more knowledge about the said disorder and to know the different treatment, management and prevention. As a student it is very important to us to know the different management and intervention to be given or apply to a patient with this disorder because psychiatric patients needs extra attention and care unlike to the ordinary ward patient.

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