Journal article

Schizophrenia: An Overview

IH Minas, H Jackson, P Doherty, P Mcgorry

Behaviour Change | Published : 1985


An overview of schizophrenia is presented. The epidemiology and clinical features of this common but serious psychiatric disorder are outlined. Four case vignettes illustrate different presentations and, to some extent, the varying course of the disorder. Diagnostic issues are discussed and the heterogeneity of the disorder highlighted. The major aetiological hypotheses are outlined, including evidence for genetic and biochemical involvement, the role of family, social and personality factors, psychological mechanisms and life events. A diathesis-stress view is presented, in which biological vulnerability and psychological and environmental factors are necessary for the development of the cl..

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