Schizophrenia: Background information when reading The Memory Palace

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The Memory Palace

A Memoir

by Mira Bartok

The Memory Palace
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    Jan 2011, 320 pages
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    Aug 2011, 336 pages

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Schizophrenia

What is schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that distorts a person's sense of reality. It impedes a person's ability to regulate his or her emotions and often makes socializing, decision making and logical thinking very difficult. As set forth by the US National Library of Medicine, there are multiple kinds of schizophrenia: paranoid, disorganized, catatonic, undifferentiated, and residual (more info). Formerly referred to as dementia praecox (literally premature dementia), the term "schizophrenia" was coined in 1910 by the Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler and comes from the Greek roots: skhizein meaning "split" and phren meaning "heart, mind." According to the National Institute of Mental Health, schizophrenia affects approximately one percent of all Americans.

What are the causes of schizophrenia?
Though scientists have not identified a singular cause of schizophrenia, it is currently believed that a combination of genetic, environmental ...

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