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Via 100 entries, 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of psychology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume reference resource, available both in print and online, provides an authoritative source to serve students’ research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but without the jargon, detail, or density found in a typical journal article or a research handbook chapter. Students will find chapters contained within these volumes useful as aids toward starting research for papers, presentations, or a senior thesis, assisting in deciding on areas for elective coursework or directions for graduate studies, or orienting themselves toward potential career directions in psychology.
Chapter 84: 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. ...