What are known characteristics of schizophrenia and relate those to this patient?

Read the Scenario and answer the 4 questions that follow the scenario correctly with references to support the answers!!!

A 22-year-old female student was brought to her college student health department by her boyfriend. He was concerned about the changes in her behavior. The boyfriend noted that she has been hearing voices, and seeing things that are not there. She also thinks that there are people that want to harm her. She told her family that she cannot finish college as the voices told her to quit because she is “dumb”. The boyfriend relates episodes of unexpected rage and crying.

PMH: noncontributory

FH: positive for a first cousin who “had mental problems”.

SH: Denies current drug abuse but states he smoked marijuana every day during junior and senior years of high school. Admits to drinking heavily on weekends at various fraternity houses.

PE: thin, anxious disheveled female who, during conversations, stops talking, tilts her head and appears to be listening to something. There is poor eye contact and conversation is disjointed.

DIAGOSIS: schizophrenia

Questions:
1. What are known characteristics of schizophrenia and relate those to this patient?

2. Genetics are sometimes attached to schizophrenia explain this.

3. What roles do neurotransmitters play in the development of schizophrenia?

4. Explain what structural abnormalities are seen in people with schizophrenia.

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