Paranoid Schizophrenia research paper due and don’t know how to start it? How about like this?
Paranoid schizophrenia is a subtype of the mental disorder schizophrenia found in the DSM-IV. The criteria for a general diagnosis of schizophrenia require that a patient exhibit at least two of five possible characteristics: experiencing delusions, experiencing hallucinations, having disordered or incoherent speech, showing catatonic or grossly disorganized behavior, or showing negative symptoms such as entirely “flat” emotional responses. Bizarre delusions or florid auditory hallucinations – multiple voices engaged in constant conversation or commentary, for example – are also sufficient criteria for diagnosis even in the absence of a second symptom.
The paranoid subtype of schizophrenia has been distinguished as involving only these latter characteristics, with patients obsessing over their delusions or hallucinations. Typical delusions include the irrational fear of persecution and the belief in conspiracy theories that personally involve the patient. Subscribing to general conspiracy theories without this aspect of personal involvement is not considered a sign of the disorder. Dividing schizophrenia into subtypes has become controversial in recent years, and currently the committee working on the diagnosis for the updated DSM-V is recommending the elimination of all subtypes for the disorder. Whether it appears in the next version of the DSM or not, its colorful popular conception will ensure that the idea of paranoid schizophrenia lives on.