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Special Needs Pathway Schizophrenia

Any individual is unique with respect to "thoughts, moods, actions, and perceptions". These higher level functions of the brain are distorted and appear to establish no link with the reality and environment in schizophrenia. People with schizophrenia can hear voices that to them seem to come from outside but actually internally generated as reflections of their very own distorted thoughts and thought processes. Thought process may be affected and disorganized to becomes disjointed and difficult to follow. Since conversation is a function of the thought process, there ceases to be any discernible connection between ideas, and conversation becomes incomprehensible (Colman, M.A., 2006).
Schizophrenia can "diminish motivation, initiative, and emotional outlets". Over time, the patient and the family and friends lose contact with one another, the patients fail assignment in job or work, and his emotional status prefers isolation. In short, schizophrenia is a mental disorder that affects the "very fabric of the human mind, robbing it of the many facets of thought processes, abstract thinking, creativity, emotion, and skills of social interaction", which are innate in human beings (Gelder, M. G. et al, 2000).
Statistics/Prevalence: As currently defined by the World Health Organization, just fewer that one (about 0.85%) in 100 people will suffer from schizophrenia in their lifetime, and it is the ninth greatest cause of disability in the world. Data will prove the exact load of the disease. if indirect costs are considered, the financial burden in England is about 2.6 billion per year, even without allowing for lost careers and lost lives.

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