Essay about Mental Disorders And Its Effects On Society

1568 Words Dec 1st, 2014 7 Pages
According to Deniro (1995), throughout history one can find traces of how schizophrenia has played a role in life around the world. Earlier theories were under the impression that mental disorders were caused by evil possession of the body. The treatments for such illnesses were often very extreme and would today be considered as illicit and incredibly unethical. One example of these practices would be drilling holes in the patient 's skull to release the evil spirits within the mind. The word schizophrenia itself is less than 100 years old. This mental disorder was first explored with a psychiatrist view by Dr. Emile Kraepelin in the 1887 (Deniro, 1995). It comes from the Greek word “schizo” (split) and phrene (mind) to describe the fragmented thinking of people with the disorder. There is no known single cause of schizophrenia, as a result of that, today we have a manual that helps look for signs of the disease in its many forms. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) classifies a vast amount of different mental disorders and categorizes them for efficient diagnosis of patients. It is hoped that differentiating types of schizophrenia based on clinical symptoms will help to determine different etiologies or causes of the disorder. Paranoid-type schizophrenia is identified by the delusions and hallucinations that it creates according to the DSM-V. The delusions are often about being followed or mistreated by a person or an organization, or even…

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