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Shilpa pai Regan

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 84: Schizophrenia: Understanding a Split Mind

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Schizophrenia: Understanding a Split Mind
Schizophrenia: Understanding a split mind

CSI; Law & Order; Me, Myself, and Irene. What do all these popular media programs have in common? They all share an unrealistic depiction of persons with schizophrenia as murderers, rapists, pedophiles, or persons possessing multiple personalities. Popular television programs and movies inaccurately portray most mental disorders, especially schizophrenia. It is common for people to be frightened of or not understand the unusual behaviors people with schizophrenia display. However, they are not inherently dangerous individuals or criminals. In fact, schizophrenics are not any more dangerous than any given person in the general population (American Psychiatric Association, 2000).

People who suffer from schizophrenia are experiencing psychotic problems. Loosely defined, psychosis refers to the presence of hallucinations or delusions. ...

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