Schizophrenia thought process



She dances down the hallway with the grace of a Giselle. Her sweatshirt, knotted and twisted, adorns her head like a showgirl’s mantilla. A hospital gown serves only as a chameleon-like accessory to her ill-fitting clothing. Her feet are encased in institutional issue blue “slippers” unless she has removed them to watch her sore ridden, blood encrusted feet breathe. She is in constant motion pausing only to continue an endless discussion with the voices heard only by her. She appears to be listening to her thoughts out loud. When addressed she responds unintelligibly and laughs inappropriately at jokes that have not been told. Lost amongst the chaos, the patient admitted with schizophrenia is exhibiting characteristic signs and symptoms of this isolating and debilitating condition. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that results in disturbed thought processes, associative looseness, hallucinations, delusions, and limited socialization (asociality). The nurse assesses the patient for positive symptoms, negative symptoms, cognitive symptoms and mood symptoms.

The management of schizophrenia focuses on reducing the severity of psychotic symptoms; preventing recurrences and functional decline; and meeting the physical and psychosocial needs of the patient. Antipsychotic medications are administered to control symptoms. Conventional antipsychotic medications control primarily the positive symptoms of schizophrenia. On the other hand, the newer atypical antipsychotic medications act selectively on the brain regions involved in schizophrenia; relieve the positive symptoms; improve the negative symptoms; and are less likely to cause motor adverse effects.

Disturbed Thought Processes

Disordered thoughts and speech involve difficulty with thinking and speech, which may be mild disorganized to incoherent. This is a major symptom of schizophrenia. The patient's flow of thoughts and ideas do not connect. One thought alone may make sense but when two or more thoughts are put together...

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Describe possible reasons why Holden gets into a fight with Stradlater. What is Holden's mental state at this point? - Homework Help -

The first thing that upsets Holden before the fight is Stradlater's reaction to the essay about Allie's baseball glove which Holden keeps with him. The glove is covered with Allie's poems and is probably the best keepsake That Holden has of his brother.

The other thing that is bothering Holden is the thought of Stradlater being alone with Jane Gallagher. Holden was obviously very fond of Jane and shows some irritation when Stradlater refers to her as "Jean". Holden asks Stradlater "What'd you do?" "Give her the time in Ed Banky's goddam car?"  Holden says his voice was "shaking somethi…

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