Revision of the wider context.

Using the theme of Science with the lens of truth, this essay will explore mental health and the truth behind the treatments, the validity of the things that we know about the conditions and the medicines. This essay focuses on the wider context of mental health, the causes and the treatments behind them, do they help or do they hinder? More specifically it will be focusing on Schizophrenia and if there are any causes behind it. It is most commonly agreed that Schizophrenia is caused by genetics, so tends to run in the family (however it doesn’t guarantee that someone would develop it, they could just carry the gene)4. Brain development is also something that it has been linked to; suggesting that the structure of the brain in someone that suffers from schizophrenia is different from someone that doesn’t. This also alters the way that the neurotransmitters in the brain work, research suggests schizophrenia may be caused by a change in the level of two neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin. This causes an imbalance of chemicals in the body, which causes, or exaggerates the condition. However some also believe that drugs (mainly ‘street drugs’) cause, or contribute to the development, of the condition. Particularly cannabis, cocaine, LSD or amphetamines3 can trigger symptoms of the condition in people that weren’t previously suffering. ­Some of the most common symptoms include hallucinations, becoming delusional, or some can withdraw, and become very flat and emotionless2.  The effect of these are often reduced through the use of therapy, ranging from one on one sessions to group therapies. Depending on what kind of symptoms the patient is showing it will depend on what kind of therapy they will receive and how regularly i.e. on a daily or weekly basis. In some cases patients are prescribed antipsychotic drugs1, as they are have a higher success rate in reducing symptoms.

 

1. http://www.webmd.com/schizophrenia/guide/schizophrenia-medications
2. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Schizophrenia/Pages/Treatment.aspx
3. http://www.schizophrenia.com/prevention/streetdrugs.html
4. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/unlocked-the-secrets-of-schizophrenia-1727987.html

One Comment

  1. Good to see another draft. The referencing you are using has a subscript (the numbers to denote the reference) this is more consistent with Oxford referencing, we will be using Harvard referencing throughout, take a look here for help on how to convert what you have to this format… http://libguides.shu.ac.uk/referencing

    In this section you could strip out the bits that give an overview of the document, these can be covered in the abstract which is an introduction. This will give you more scope to talk about the subject and it’s relevance, for example you might talk about figures from research into the prevalence of this disorder and media coverage. This could lead into more detail in the specific context which deals with communication around this issue and the need for more honest or accurate communication (if there is a need) which is why this project can be justified.

    It seemed like you were pulling in a lot of the detail of the research which will be good material to inform the project and the designed work and communication but may not be appropriate to this section.

    If you have any questions about these comments you can ask me in session for a follow up.

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