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Mental Health Research:

Mental Health Research

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Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a mental health disorder which distorts the patients thought process to the brain. Its usually found in young adults and can be caused by a wide range of problems in the patients life. There are ways of helping and curing the patient through medical drugs. The patients with a more serious case of the illness, where the patient is at risk to harming there self or others, they have to stay in a mental hospital.

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Doctors don’t know he exact cause of schizophrenia but their research shows that it is a mixture of environmental, genetic, physical and psychological factors which contribute to the development of the mental health disease. Problems during pregnancy, (like problems with the development of the brain cells) drug abuse (damaging the neurotransmitters in the brain) traumatic events or stress can also contribute to the development of schizophrenia. Causes of schizophrenia

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Symptoms of schizophrenia: Delusions Hard to concentrate Difficulty thinking straight Feeling controlled Hallucinations Voices in your head Suicidal thoughts Loss of interest Loss of energy Feeling uncomfortable around other people Violence

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Schizophrenia usually occurs in late teens/early adulthood and affects the way the patient perceives the world, the way they behave and the way they think. The disease takes a few years to develop in the brain, so its usually a problem in pregnancy or traumatic event as a child that sets off the disease. The symptoms then get worse as your brain develops into adulthood, which is why schizophrenia is most common in teenagers aged 16-25. Schizophrenia in teens

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Schizophrenia in films A lot of film makers have made films using characters that suffer from schizophrenia like ‘Black Swan’, ‘Donnie Darko’, ‘A Beautiful Mind’ and ‘Through a Glass Darkly’. In all these films the patient with schizophrenia is presented as a violent and aggressive and usually creates the drama in the film. It is a very difficult subject to tackle in a film as there are many sufferers of the mental health disease so we don’t want to offend any patients or their families by creating an offensive movie. We understand the problems that may be caused by basing our film around a mental health issue and don’t wish to cause offence to anyone who has schizophrenia or their family.

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