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TOPIC: Schizophrenia
Need help with the following questions...

1. Provide a brief description and definition of the condition
2. Describe the etiology
3. Identify and describe the signs and symptoms that occur with each condition
4. List risk factors - if indicated.
5. What is the prognosis?
6. Identify and explain current medical and/or surgical treatment.
7. Describe the role of Occupational Therapist in the treatment of each condition.
8. Provide a list of local and national resources and references regarding this condition

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>Follow APA format, citations within the text and a complete reference page.
>References must be included within each answer
>Please answer in own words as much as possible, if Paraphrase support with references.
>must use reliable resources. Resources must include information from AOTA's website or AJOT or other OT Journal.

>In addition, please use resources from top medical schools or government agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, NIMH, SAMSHA or organizations such as the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Do not use WebMD or Wikipedia, etc.

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You have asked for some assistance with some questions about Schizophrenia that will help you put together a more complete report.

1. Provide a brief description and definition of the condition

Schizophrenia can potentially be a devastating mental illness that could cause fear and anxiety among not only those suffering from the disorder, but also among those who care for them. Managing the illness is challenging, but family doctors and other health professionals can play a key role in detecting, treating and monitoring the disorder. It usually manifests itself for the first time in the early 20s.

The DSM IV (published by the American Psychiatric Association) defines the illness as follows:

{For a definitive diagnosis, two or more of the following symptoms must be present for a significant portion of time during a 1 month period:

1) delusions
2) hallucinations
3) disorganized speech
4) grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior
5) negative symptoms, i.e., affective flattening, alogia or avolition}

2. Describe the etiology

"While the exact cause of schizophrenia is not known for certain, it has been established to be a highly heritable disorder. It is currently thought that differences in brain ...

Solution Summary

This solution offers some assistance with some questions about Schizophrenia that will help anyone gain a better understanding of this mental health disorder. A complete DSM IV definition, etiology and list of common symptoms are also included.

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