Sara Marie Prazak
Schizophrenia, although affecting only one percent of the population, has a direct affect on society today. This disease, if left untreated, poses threat to health care professionals (including psychiatrists), law enforcement personnel, and family members responsible for the care and support of the schizophrenia patient. This paper addresses the causes of schizophrenia and the myths surrounding this complicated ailment, the affect of untreated or misunderstood aspects of schizophrenia has on society and important crisis intervention strategies for those in close contact to victims of schizophrenia.
The definition of schizophrenia is a group of psychotic disorders characterized by disturbances in thought, perception, affect, behavior and communication that endures longer than six months. Psychotic symptoms could include delusions (beliefs that are false in lig...