A Review of the Models of Schizophrenia: And a putative novel, more unified model
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Schizophrenia is a debilitating disease state which causes immense pain to sufferers and to their families. Although some proximate causes of symptoms of the disease have been identified, no ultimate cause has been uncovered which can explain all of the symptoms. This paper presents a novel theory of the ultimate cause of some forms of chronic schizophrenia with the potential to explain many (if not all) symptomologies associated with the disease. In addition to its explanatory power, this putative model may also give rise to new early diagnostic tools and treatments for schizophrenia. After the model is fully explained, suggestions for further research to confirm this model's validity are put forth.
Michael Bronstein is a member of the Class of 2015 of Washington and Lee University.[FULL-TEXT RESTRICTED TO WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY LOGIN AVAILABLE ONLINE FOLLOWING A 1-YEAR EMBARGO]