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Yuliya Shapiro

ESL91 D01B

Dr. Kasper

In class essay

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                                                My Mother.

            I want to tell you about one of the most influential person in my life. This is my mother. Her name is Galina. She is not only my mother; she is also my best friend. I spend a lot of time with her. She is very educated and knows many interesting things. She lives for us, her children and grandchildren.

            My mother was born on the third of March, 1951 in a small town in Kazakhstan. The name of the town is Temirtau. This town is very dear and important for my mother and our family because my grandfather headed the construction of this town for thirty years.

            My mother’s childhood was happy, but not so easy because she was born after the  World War II (1941-1945). She was the youngest child in her family. She has a brother and a sister. Her mother was an educated woman, but she did not work because she had to take care of her large family. My mother lived in a private house. Her family had a small garden and domestic animals. When my mother was seven years old, she went to school. Also she attended a music school. She can play piano. My mother was a weak child and often was sick. She decided to go to sports and try to be healthy. After finishing school, my mother entered the University and after five years she became an engineer. She played volleyball in the University team and won many sport competitions. When my mother was twenty-two years old she got married. My parents loved each other very much. In 1975 my older brother was born. My parents named him Gennadiy in honor of our beloved great-grandfather. When my brother was nine years old I was born. Our family was very friendly and we loved each other, but unfortunately after twenty years of marriage my parents divorced. At that time I was ten years old.

            My mother liked to travel and she visited many interesting places. My mother is more like a friend to me. I can talk to her about everything without feeling embarrassed. She even knows all about how many friends I have.

            My mother is a very good example for me. The person who teaches me the most is my mother. She is very responsible and honest. She always teaches me to tell the truth. She is also a very good housewife. Our house is always clean and food is always ready. My mother is very good cook. She teaches me how to cook and be a good wife for my future husband. My mother likes to read and gives me the same habits. We like to discuss books and articles that we read. As a greedy reader, she gave me the example I imitate to this day. Then, I could not understand how she could stand reading so much nonfiction; I preferred novels. Now I see that her reading provided the necessary tonic to life.

            My mother has been with me many different moments in my life. I remember one important day. It was September 11, 2003. I had an interview with American Counselor in Moscow. I worried very much because the counselor decided my future life. I wanted then my mother was with me, but rule prohibit it. She waited me outside the building. When I came out and looked in mother’s eyes, I could see anxiety and tears. We waited result until evening. The man came out and said –“Congratulations you can move to the United States.” It was the best moment in our life because now we can be all together.  

            My mother is very kind. She takes care of our family. She loves life. Now when we are all together in this country, she wants us to be happy. I love my mother very much and she is the best person in my life. So, while I have been profoundly shared by many teachers, the one who taught me how to learn is the one I still call Mom.  



Yuliya Shapiro

ESL91 D01B

Dr. Kasper


Final draft.



Essay Topic: Describe the mental disorder schizophrenia. Discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatment of schizophrenia. Be sure to talk about the biological bases of the disorder.


            Schizophrenia is a mental disease and it is found all over the world. Scientists still do not know the specific causes of schizophrenia, but research has shown that the brains of people with schizophrenia are different, as a group from the brains of people without this illness. The symptoms of schizophrenia are divided into negative and positive categories. Symptoms include hallucinations, delusions, disordered thinking, and social withdrawal. The schizophrenia has four types and all have different symptoms. More than two million Americans are affected by schizophrenia in any given year. The treatment for schizophrenia is hospitalization because the schizophrenic people need medical help.

            Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe and disabling brain disease. People with schizophrenia may have perceptions of reality that are strikingly different from the reality seen a shared by others around them. Their behavior may seem odd, unusual. They sometimes hear voices, talk to themselves and feel fears. People with schizophrenia do not always act abnormally.

            Many diseases result from an interplay of genetic, behavioral, and other factors, and this may be the case for schizophrenia as well. Scientists do not yet understand the entire factor necessary to produce schizophrenia but all the tools of modern biomedical research are being used to search for genetic, critical moments in brain development, and other factors that may lead to the illness.

            The symptoms of schizophrenia are divided into negative and positive categories. Negative symptoms consist of behavioral deficits such as blunting of emotions, language deficits and lack of energy. Positive symptoms are frightening, but they are not as disabling in the long term as negative symptoms. These positive symptoms consist of hallucinations, delusions and bizarre behavior.  Hallucinations can be tactile (touch), gustatory (taste), olfactory (smell), visual (sight), and auditory (sound). Hearing voices that other people do not hear is the most common type of hallucination in schizophrenia. Delusions, disorder thinking are also symptoms of schizophrenia.

            There are fur major subtypes of schizophrenia. These are simple schizophrenia, paranoid schizophrenia, hebephrenic (disorganized), and catatonic schizophrenia. Simple schizophrenia is characterized by hallucinations, delusions and general incoherence. Paranoid schizophrenia is characterized by delusions of persecution of grandeur. Disorganized schizophrenia is characterized by a total break with reality. Catatonic schizophrenia is characterized by unusual motor symptoms, such rigidity or wild excitement. People with catatonic schizophrenia are flexible very much. They can stay like statue for many hours.

            All types of schizophrenia have different symptoms, but all of them need good treatment. Hospitalization is often necessary in cases of acute schizophrenia. This ensures the safety of the affected person, while allowing for observation by trained mental health professionals to determine whether schizophrenia is the appropriate diagnosis. Hospitalization is very effective for people with schizophrenia. Relatives and friends can also assist in rebuilding the person’s social skills. This is very important.

            I want to tell you about one woman with mental disease schizophrenia. Her name is Valentina. She is my friend’s mother. She has had this disease for fifteen years. Her illness began because she worried about her family very much. She thought that nobody loved her, that her husband had another woman. Valentina hallucinated and heard voices. She was in the hospital and this treatment helped her. When she took medicine, she felt herself much better, but if she stopped, she was hospitalization again. Her family was with her in this difficult time and helped as much as they can. Now she takes medicine every day and feels much better.  

            Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe and disabling brain disease, which makes a person lose touch with reality. This illness is still a problem in our community today, but I hope than research will find a cure for schizophrenia in the future.



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