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Schizophrenia is a myth???

According to Thomas Szasz, the idea of mental illness, including schizophrenia, is a myth. Szasz believes that schizophrenia should be properly regarded as problems of living in a society that mistreats individuals who are different. Discuss the pros and cons of this proposition. Do you believe this assertion? Please provide support for why or why you don't believe this.

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1. According to Thomas Szasz, the idea of mental illness, including schizophrenia, is a myth. Szasz believes that schizophrenia should be properly regarded as problems of living in a society that mistreats individuals who are different. Discuss the pros and cons of this proposition. Do you believe this assertion? Please provide support for why or why you don't believe this.

Although living problems (also some drugs) may trigger Schizophrenia, research strongly suggests that it is biological in nature (see the role of dopamine at http://wwwchem.csustan.edu/chem44x0/SJBR/Mann.htm and other resources in the attached article).

Regardless, though, of the origin or causes, whether living problems or biological factors or both, once the symptoms present, research and clinical evidence suggests that there is a biological component - the symptoms are biological and require more than help with living problems, such as counseling or changing the living arrangements, although this might also be part of the treatment plan. The 'biological" symptoms need to be controlled with medication to correct the biological symptoms, which need to be identified and assessed and are key characteristics for diagnosis, such as:

1. Grossly abnormal behavior in terms of thought
2. Delusions
3. Hallucinations (http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/bb/neuro/neuro99/web1/Bibbo.html).

This means that the person lives with the following:

1: The thoughts of someone with schizophrenia are not clear or logical any longer. Outward symptoms include disconnected or incomprehensible language. This leaves people with schizophrenia unable to socially participate in conversations and can make it hard for them to stay close to family and friends.
2: Delusions frequently occur in people with schizophrenia and cause individuals to often feel like they are being conspired ...

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According to Thomas Szasz, the idea of mental illness, including schizophrenia, is a myth. Szasz believes that schizophrenia should be properly regarded as problems of living in a society that mistreats individuals who are different. This solution discusses the pros and cons of this proposition and if it is believable (or not). Supplemented with an article discussing the biological view of schizophrenia.

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