Schizophrenia: Explanations

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  • Schizophrenia: Explanations
    • Chemical
      • Dopamine hypothesis
        • Important in guiding attention, and perception
        • Increased levels of dopamine found in schizophrenics.
        • Increased number of D2 receptors
          • Increased frequency neurones 'firing' dopamine
    • Behavioural
      • Faulty learning
        • Strange behaviours rewarded by attention
      • Scheff's labelling theory
      • Environmental breeder hypothesis
        • Those in lower social classes have higher rate of schizo.
      • Psychodynamic
        • Regression into pre-ego stage
          • If parents were uncaring child regresses to stage before realistic awareness of external world was formed.
        • Attempts to re-establish ego control
          • Infantile state, symptoms such a hallucinations reflecting  persons attempt to re-establish ego control.
  • Psychodynamic
    • Regression into pre-ego stage
      • If parents were uncaring child regresses to stage before realistic awareness of external world was formed.
    • Attempts to re-establish ego control
      • Infantile state, symptoms such a hallucinations reflecting  persons attempt to re-establish ego control.

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