What Is Schizophrenia?

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Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe and debilitating brain disease that often causes bizarre behavior, disorganized speech, fleeting thoughts and hallucinations. Find out who is most often affected by schizophrenia with help from a licensed mental health counselor in this free video on schizophrenia.

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Hi, my name is John Bosworth. I'm a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in St. Petersburg, Florida. I'd like to talk a little bit about schizophrenia. What is schizophrenia? Schizophrenia really is a chronic severe and debilitating brain disease. It affects probably about one percent of the population. In the US at any given time there's twenty, they can now, two million people that are diagnosed with schizophrenia in any given year. Seems to occur as frequently in men as it does with women, but with men the, the age of onset seems to be a little bit earlier. I found that in my practice too. Most of the first symptoms or psychotic break that a person experiences with men usually in their early twenty's. Sometimes with women it can be in their thirty's and even forty's, but, it can be in their early twenty's too; higher percentage of men definitely have earlier onset of symptoms. Schizophrenia usually from, form a public standpoint tends to be the crazies or the homeless people. Schizophrenia really we're not sure what causes it; there's, there's definitely some, some neurotransmitters that are indicated and researches being done by that. But what you usually see the behavior associated with schizophrenia is very bizarre behavior including, you know; disorganize speech, you know, thoughts, thoughts that are fleeting or disorganized, hallucinations or dilutions. Most people think of schizophrenic as the paranoid-type; you know, a paranoid schizophrenic that's hearing; you know, that's having signals from Mars sent in through his fillings on his teeth. It's kind of a humorous way to look at; but that's how bizarre some of the, the symptoms represent themselves in somebody with schizophrenia. So overall we want to look at schizophrenia as probably one of the most severe, severe brain disorders or it's form of mental illness that there is and it can be confused sometimes with severe bipolar disorder or major depression. My name is John Bosworth and I'm talking about what is schizophrenia.

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