Sunday, April 14, 2013

Someone Can you give me accurate information about schizophrenia? ® Someone Can you give me accurate information about schizophrenia?

Request merely by Annie: Can someone please give me accurate details on schizophrenia?

I’m writing a novel that has a pretty in depth plot. The main character is fifteen-seventeen years old. She experienced trauma at fourteen when her father died and her mother commits suicide nine months later, at fifteen. The story starts in the time frame of when her mother commits suicide and she must go with her grandparents to live. During the duration of her stay she befriends strange winged people in the woods that, essentially, help to distract her mind from the grief she feels.

Now, I have two ideas, the main character is either 1. schizophrenic or 2. is imagining these things. At first I wanted the character to simply be imagining this, but then I considered schizophrenia to be much more… in depth in the story line. I’m not sure what to choose as I know schizophrenia would have to be a lot more structured than simply saying her imagination ran wild to shelter her from grief. So, I need as much as help as I can get PLEASE with the topic of schizophrenia to make my choice. If anyone can, please answer the following questions:

1. Is it possible to develop schizophrenia after severe trauma, like death, has occurred in a person’s life?

2. What is the usual age range for a person to develop schizophrenia? Is sixteen plausible?

3. How does schizophrenia control a person’s life? In what ways does it impact them in their daily activities/routines?

4. The people my main character has befriended/envisions she has befriended “live” in the woods near her home. With schizophrenia, is it possible that she could be using one of the main characters she “meets” to replace (subconsciously) replace the void of her mother? Is it possible that similar events would occur with this person that also occurred before her mother’s death, because the woman she met in the woods, is, essentially, replacing her mother?

5. Can a person ever overcome schizophrenia? Is it possible to make the realization that these people are figments of your imagination and nothing more than that? Is it possible to give up these people? I guess what I’m asking in this: In some cases, can schizophrenia ever be temporary?

6. What is the treatment for schizophrenia? What medications are usually involved? How would a psychologist be able to diagnose this disorder? What’s the process that follows being diagnosed? If you have schizophrenia, is it evident for others to see it… of is it something my character could keep rather hidden?

7. In films, I feel as though schizophrenia is often related to negativity. Negative voices, negative people that one sees, etc. In any case, can schizophrenia bring positive people and positive situations? I want the character my main character meets in the woods, the one to replace her mother, to be a beacon of hope, essentially. But I want her to also resemble through personality, her mother that died… but I do not want her to be a negative character, by any means.

I’m sorry this is so jumbled. I hope it makes sense. If you can’t answer ALL questions, but can answer a few, please do. It would be a great help. Thanks so much.

The mother committed suicide due to severe depression from her husband’s death, as I see someone was curious.

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Answer by Roy Mustang
Screw schizophrenia, just call him crazy.

Answer by Emmanuel Bonginkosi
The boy who answered above is brainless. Sorry I cannot help answer question friend. I request you contact professional psychologist who can answer.

Answer by Alexander
I have a friend who’s mother had schizophrenia and clinical depression and i believe that it happened due to trauma, she developed the symptoms in her late 30s. I say had because her symptoms have recently started to fade because of her medications

Yeah, i think 16 is plausible, not as common but it can happen…personally i think PTSD is more likely to be developed especially if she witnessed her parents’ deaths.

When someone is schizophrenic it is rather obvious since they can’t really keep it hidden that they can hear/see things, it literally takes over their lives and usually affects those around them to the point where their relationship is at stake, sadly.

Here are some random links maybe they’ll help

i’ll post some more if i can think or find any. good luck

Answer by Kira
Have you seen Pan’s Labyrinth? Please watch it–I think it touches on some of your themes. Oh, and A Beautiful Mind! Watch it!

I really think in order to have a legit feel for the character and the story, you need to do your own research to get your own understanding(start at the Wikipedia page–it’ll have most all answers to these questions, I promise!).

Schizophrenia is a mental DISORDER. This means one usally has trouble functioning in day-to-day life. A paranoid schizophrenic may have auditory/visual hallucinations such as this character you are describing, but often times the illness is scary and stressful to the experiencer, so it’d be hard to make it believable that she is comforted, I think.

Edit:Schizophrenia commonly occurs in late teens(I’d say 16 is pretty young), and can sometimes be triggered by emotional events, like PTSD, however it is usually in junction with genetically determined time frame. Why does her mother commit suicide? Depression, or perhaps she had schizophrenia?

Best of Luck in whatever you decide! I am serious about watching those movies mentioned!

Answer by Wile E. Coyote
1. Schizophrenia is believed to be a largely genetic condition, but first onset could certainly be triggered after suffering from some other psychological condition, like depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Bereavement is unlikely to precipitate in PTSD or Depression and I do not believe bereavement would trigger a first episode of psychosis leading to a schizophrenia diagnosis.

2. 16 is a bit young but certainly possible; typically between 20 and 35, later in life for women, earlier for men. early onset schizophrenia (~10-18) often precipitates in more severe cognitive impairment.

3. Look up schizophrenia on wiki and you will learn how it presents itself. There are many different types of presentations, from people that believe a government agency is after them to people that can barely process information in a meaningful way. So learn about its effects, because it would take forever to answer this #3.

4. Not really, that is weird and not painting a legitimate picture of schizophrenia. If you are going to ask questions here, at the very least you should read a few websites with info on schizophrenia. Dont confuse freudian developmental theories of personality with schizophrenia, because that is weird.

5. No, not without medication. Even medication will not reduce schizophrenic behaviour and cognition to normality permanently. People that are medicated will have times when they are more psychotic and times when they are fairly normal… an ebb and flow. That said, when they do experience psychotic cognition, it will be in a reduced form than they would have experienced without the medications. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy helps schizophrenia sufferers to become more mindful of abnormal thinking patterns and to attribute these to the disorder and therefore maintain what psychologists call “insight”: the ability to differentiate delusion from reality.

6. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Therapy, Talk therapy and most importantly, medication. Medication includes Antipsychotics and mood stabilizers mostly. There is no one form of schizophrenia (i.e. its not like the chicken pox or the flu): everyone has a different presentation. Some people might seem slightly confused or paranoid, others look “crazy,” yet others may just seem fairly normal. Read up yourself at least a little.

7. The thoughts are somewhat nonsense a lot of the time. For instance, if you said to a schizophrenic the phrase “birds of a feather flock together” (meaning likeminded people often associate together, or similar people often associate together) they might say “yes, birds with the same kind of feathers often do fly together. Water is very cold you know. Its cold because of the polar ice caps because polar bears have nothing to drink so they eat ice.”

There are different features of schizophrenia and not all would respond as I have just indicated. In general, I believe your idea of schizophrenia is totally incorrect and possibly even harmful to public opinion of sufferers. You might do better to work with a concept of “Dissociative Identity Disorder” and have a child personality that still thinks mother is alive communicate with a bereaved and mistreated adult personality as well as a still suffering from the trauma personality.

Here is a Stanford University lecture on Schizophrenia:

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