A2 Psychology AQA Exam Board - Basic Introduction to Schizophrenia

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What is schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder characterised by severe disruptions in psychological functioning and a loss of contact with reality.
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What can schizophrenia sometimes be referred to?
Schizophrenia is sometimes referred to as a psychosis.
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What is meant by a 'psychosis'?
A psychosis is a broad term used to describe mental health problems that cause people to perceive or interpret things differently.
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How prevalent is schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia affects around 1 in every 100 people and therefore has a 1% prevalence.
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What is acute onset of schizophrenia?
With an acute onset obvious signs of schizophrenia will develop quite suddenly, usually after a stressful event. The individual will show the signs such as hallucinations within a few days.
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What is chronic onset of schizophrenia?
There is often a slow change in the individuals behaviour. They gradually loose drive and motivation and begin to become more isolated. After a few months or years more obvious signs of schizophrenia will become present such as hallucinations.
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