The major biological factor that led to Stevens’ eventually hospitalization was his brain abnormalities. Steven began to act strangely during his sophomore year in college; Steven was showing signs of him losing his train of thought. He later began acting confused and abnormal.
Stevens’ mother noted that these were the first signs of the impending ailment he was soon to be diagnosed with. Steven’s mother stated that his “eyes looked glassy and spacy making you feel like he wasn’t with you”. Steven began to gradually spiral downward, and his prognosis worsened; he began hearing voices, and became suspicious.
The fight that Steven had with his father was triggered by his a defensive mechanism. As explained by Stevens’ father ““all of a sudden he gave one of those funny smiles on his face and then his expression changed completely and started to swing at me full force”. This was the precursor to the assault. From Stevens father stated that the assault began Steven suddenly went from happy, to anger. All of this happened so sudden. The trigger for this onset of emotional instability is unknown, but seems to be quite common in those with schizophrenia.
Stevens’ diagnosis was linked to his sophomore year in college, from out time in class we are taught that for most with schizophrenia, onset is usually found during the subjects early college career. In this case, Steven started to change his appearance, he cared less, and less for the way he was presented. Eventually growing outa full-beard whilst dressing differently; all of this took place throughout his second semester as a sophomore. Ste3vens’ mother noted that the sign that depression had sent into his life was when Steven began to miss classes, and not have controlled focus during normal conversations.
Schizophrenia Documentary (HBO) "Steven" Perf. Steven, His Mother and Father. 1989. Web. 7 Nov. 2012. .