Objective: Introduction to Schizophrenia It is important for students to understand the illness depicted in Lori Schiller's book. The objective of this lesson is to give students the opportunity to research schizophrenia as to educate them on the disease while removing any misunderstandings.
1) Class Discussion: Look at the DSM with students (Diagnostic and Statistic Manual -- used by psychiatrists/psychologists to diagnose mental/behavioral disorders. It can be found online) and read about the symptoms of schizophrenia. What is it? Where does it come from? What are the symptoms? How is it treated?
2) Small Group Research/Assignment: Create a time-line of schizophrenia. When did it first become a recognized mental illness? Who named /discovered it? What was happening to schizophrenic patients prior to the naming of schizophrenia? How were schizophrenics managed after diagnosis? How did treatments of schizophrenia change over time- from initial understanding to present day...
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