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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Overview)

A chronic mental disorder characterized by loss of touch with reality (psychosis), often with paranoia, delusions, and auditory hallucinations, such as hearing voices.


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Is schizoaffective disorder schizophrenia?

Is schizoaffective disorder schizophrenia?

No: By definition, there is a difference. Schizophrenia is characterized by psychosis which is when a person experiences hallucinations and/or delusions. A mood component is not part of such a clinical picture. Schizoaffective d/o is when a person has a major mood disorder and has also had periods of psychosis during times when they had no disturbance of their mood. There's bipolar & depressed types. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Overview)

A chronic mental disorder characterized by loss of touch with reality (psychosis), often with paranoia, delusions, and auditory hallucinations, such as hearing voices.


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Can you define and describe schizophrenia?

Brain disease: As schizophrenia is developing, brain cells disappear. Eventually the person shows withdrawal, strange thinking, inappropriate emotions, perhaps hears voices, and loses much of their previous ability to function as an adult; they can be a danger to self or others. It is a cruel disease and especially hard on caregivers who feel frustrated and unappreciated; the disease is no one's fault. ...Read more

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Living with Schizophrenia (Checklist)

Call your doctor or go to ER if you experience worsening of symptoms
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Dissociation disorder vs schizophrenia?

Dissociation disorder vs schizophrenia?

Very different!: Schizophrenia is a chronic psychotic illness. Dissociative disorders is a very different type of escape from reality that rarely involves psychosis. Treatment is also very different. ...Read more

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How does schizophrenia affect certain sections of the brain?

How does schizophrenia affect certain sections of the brain?

Multiple areas: In schizophrenia there are multiple areas affected such as marked reductions in gray matter, decreased brain volume and activity in patients. Other structural changes include larger ventricles and basal nuclei. Please see the image provided which provides a good overview of all areas involved. ...Read more

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Can paranoid schizophrenia lead to catatonic schizophrenia?

Not exactly: One individual may have sx characteristic of more than one "type" of schizophrenia. Many people have sx that do not fit exactly into one or another "type". ...Read more

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What can cause schizophrenia?

Simply...: A combination of genetic vulnerability and exposure to stress. ...Read more

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How to tell if these are early symptom of schizophrenia?

What symptoms?: Please ask the question again and clarify what symptoms you are experiencing. ...Read more

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How is schizophrenia diagnosed? How can I tell if someone has schizophrenia? 

Clinical exam: Schizophrenia is diagnosed by a medical expert, like a psychiatrist, who interviews the individual to identify specific thinking patterns and symptoms. It is not diagnosed until symptoms have been present for many months, because symptoms of psychosis can improve on their own. The primary symptoms to look for are evidence of bizarre delusions or hallucinations. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia different than bipolar disorder?

Is schizophrenia different than bipolar disorder?

Schizophrenia &: Bipolar disorder are completely different disorders. Bipolar is a mood disorder with periods of depression & mania (excessive exuberance & unproductive energy). Schizophrenia is a thought disorder primarily including hallucinations, delusions & disorganized thinking & speech. Schizophrenia can include flat emotions, inability to experience pleasure & lack of motivation similar to depression. ...Read more

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What are schizophrenia and disorganized schizophrenia?

What are schizophrenia and disorganized schizophrenia?

Types: Schizophrenia is divided into types based on the symptoms that are most prominent such as paranoid, disorganized, undifferentiated catatonic and residual type. Disorganized type is characterized by speech and behavior that are disorganized or difficult to understand. They also have inappropriate emotions such as laughing for no reason.Their disorganized behavior can impair their ability to function. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of schizophrenia?

What are the symptoms of schizophrenia?

Hallucinations: By definition, schizophrenia is about psychosis. Psychosis means the patient is getting external stimuli from the environment through one or more of his or her five senses, that does not objectively exist. In other words there are auditory,visual, olfactory, gustatory, and tactile hallucinations that can be experienced by the patient. Auditory hallucinations, however, are the most common. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of schizophrenia?

See DSM-IV-TR: You need to meet a group of criteria to be diagnosed with schizophrenia. People will have auditory hallucinations, bizarre delusion, paranoid thoughts, disorganized thought process. The symptoms have to cause a significant disfunction in social or occupational environment. The symptoms have to be present for 6 month or less of adequately treated. Symptoms can not be explained by drugs or medical. ...Read more

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Can haldol (haloperidol) cure histrionic personality disorder?

Can haldol (haloperidol) cure histrionic personality disorder?

Personality disorder: That would be best to ask a doctor or psychiatrist who is prescribing haldol--a discussion of what the Haldol (haloperidol) is being used to treat would be very educational, if one doesn't know already. Personality disorders can be treated with medication if indicated by a doctor. However, personality disorders are long-standing, and aren't cured with medications. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for schizophrenia?

What is the best treatment for schizophrenia?

It depends: Antipsychotic medications are a common and effective treatment for schizophrenia. Supportive therapies that aim to improve social functioning and promote autonomy are also an important component of treatment. The best treatment largely depends on individual differences such as the severity of the illness and the subtype of schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Are there early childhood signs of schizophrenia?

YES: A good number of people who are diagnosed with schizophrenia as adults have evidence of information processing irregularity in childhood. ...Read more

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Which types of schizophrenia are there?

Here you go: Paranoid undifferentiated catatonic residual disorganized.

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Whats schizophreniform disorder?

Whats schizophreniform disorder?

Shorter-term : It's considered one of the psychotic disorders, similar to schizophrenia. The difference is that an episode of this disorder lasts between 1 and 6 months. ...Read more

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Is part of the diagnosis of schizophrenia to doubt diagnosis?

Is part of the diagnosis of schizophrenia to doubt diagnosis?

It can be: People with psychotic disorders may lack insight into their illness. Most people don't want to have something wrong with them, so "denial" is common in many people struggling with psychiatric problems. ...Read more

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What distinguishes schizotypal personality disorder from schizoid personality disorder?

What distinguishes schizotypal personality disorder from schizoid personality disorder?

Different presentati: schizoid persons withdraw from others and isolate. Schizotypal persons act unusual. ...Read more

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