Schizophrenia thoughts, memories, and identity. A person may feel

Schizophrenia is a chronic mental
disorder that affects the mind in many ways. People with schizophrenia have a
hard time interpreting reality. Module 13.8 states that it affects a person’s
thoughts, emotions, and behavior. Main symptoms of this disorder are delusions,
hallucinations, disorganized thinking, and not being able to function
normal.  One major cause of schizophrenia
is genes (Schizophrenia, 2016). If someone has a parent with schizophrenia,
they are six times more likely to develop the disease versus someone who does
not.  Other causes are autoimmune
diseases, mind-altering drugs or even complications during birth or pregnancy
(Schizophrenia, 2016).  Schizophrenia has
a huge impact on relationships because it can cause withdrawal from family and friends.

Some schizophrenics are aggressive and irritable.  They are not likely to live normal lives
because of the mental state that they are in. There is no cure for
schizophrenia, but there are treatment options. The lifelong treatment for this
disorder is and involves medications and psychosocial therapy (Schizophrenia,
2016). Sometimes, hospitalization is needed depending on how severe the
disorder is. 

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            Dissociative identity disorder also
known as “multiple personality disorder” is a chronic mental illness where a
person becomes dissociated from their sense of self (Dissociative disorders,
1017). This will cause them to have more than one personality, and lack a
connection with their thoughts, memories, and identity. A person may feel the
presence of people living and talking inside their head. Each identity has a
name, personality, and maybe even physical qualities. Many people with
dissociative identity disorder have severe memory loss (Dissociative disorders,
2017). The main cause of dissociative identity disorder is using it as a coping
mechanism when someone experiences trauma (Dissociative disorders, 2017).

Symptoms include memory loss, multiple identities, depression, suicidal, or
being detached from their emotions. They do not live normal lives because they
have so many personalities (Dissociative Identity Disorder). It impacts
relationships because they have a hard time functioning in everyday life
(Dissociative Identity Disorder). Although is hard to treat someone with
dissociative identity disorder, some treatment includes medications or
psychotherapy.

Schizophrenia and dissociative
identity disorder may seem similar, but are very different. People with
schizophrenia see and hear things that are not real, while people with
dissociative identity disorder do not. Although many people believe that people
with schizophrenia have multiple personalities, they do not. Dissociative
identity disorder usually develops as a coping mechanism developed from trauma
and schizophrenia is not (Probing Question: How do schizophrenia and DID
differ? 2010).

I chose these disorders because
they are the most interesting to me. Mental illness is so scary and I want to
better understand it. It is so scary to think that someone cannot control their
mind or realize what is happening to them. 
Schizophrenia is the most talked about mental disorder so I wanted to
learn more about it. Dissociative identity disorder is by far the most
interesting to read about. It is so insane that someone has multiple
personalities without realizing. One of my biggest fears in life is having a
mental illness so I want to be proactive and learn about all mental disorders.