My STEM project was about the medications used to treat Schizophrenia and the side effects they can cause. I decided to do a drawing of some of the symptoms Schizophrenic patients can experience through their psychosis period. At lot of individuals experience paranoia as if someone is watching them at all times. This cause an individual to feel as if may their phones have been tapped or someone is following them when they go different places. Also, anxiety which causes lack of sleep. Most people do not know that when a schizophrenic person is off their medication their minds are constantly running nonstop. There causing them not being able to sleep at night. I also chose to show how it looks when a schizophrenic person experiences the voices in their head as well as seeing hallucinations.

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  1. Kimberly Long’s project is about the side effects of schizophrenia medications. She used a drawing to give a visual representation of the side effects that can happen when one is experiencing schizophrenia. Her project specifically talks about the medications used to treat schizophrenia. She drew examples of the common symptoms of schizophrenia which include paranoia, hallucinations, anxiety, trouble sleeping at night, and hearing voices. She described that the paranoia feels like their phone has been tapped or someone is following them. Additionally she described that the anxiety is what can sometimes cause the inability to sleep.

    Symptoms of schizophrenia can be quite serious. Other symptoms can include confusion, violent behavior, and muddled speech. The period of time an individual is experiencing symptoms is called the psychotic period, but it can also be labeled as an episode depending on the duration of the event. The medications used to treat schizophrenia are called antipsychotic medications. They are supposed to help reduce the symptoms of schizophrenia because unfortunately there is no cure. The side effects of these medications vary from minor, such as dry mouth, to more serious, such as tremors and blurred vision. Schizophrenia still has a long way to go on the complete understanding of the condition, but it is believed that the hormone responsible for the episodes is dopamine. Dopamine is interesting because it is also a neurotransmitter. Dopamine is responsible for functions in the body including, reward, movement, and pleasure to name a few. The theory is that a schizophrenic person produces too much dopamine.

    Alexandria Belcher

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