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Essay Galaxy - Schizophrenia Schizophrenia

No other psychological disorder is as widely misunderstood as schizophrenia. The public often associates schizophrenia with multiple personality disorder, assuming that schizophrenic patients fluctuate between a placid personality and a monstrous, violent one. Famous stories such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde help support this belief. Nothing could be further from the truth. The term schizophrenic literally means “split-mind,” the term refers to the fragmentation or splitting of normally integrated psychological functioning. A schizophrenic patient has only one personality, but his or her cognitive activity is often severely disorganized. Schizophrenia is a serious disorder characterized by disorganization of thinking, perception, and emotion (Hyde, 1980). Schizophrenia affects an estimated two million people in the United States....

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