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Can any doc tell me what's the difference between schizophrenia and psychosis?

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Dr. Daryl Tanski
Specializes in Psychiatry
Psychosis includes .: Schizophrenia is a condition that belongs to a larger category of illness characterized by psychosis.
Dr. Terrence Bethea
Child Psychiatry 18 years experience
Psychosis is a fever: Psychosis is broad term covering multiple symptoms that suggest a detachment from reality. Two primary domains are sensory hallucinations (see, hear, taste, feel, smell something that isn't there) and delusions (thinking/believing something that is demonstrably false). Multiple conditions can cause psychosis other than schiz0phren. For example, the flu could cause a fever that causes psychosis.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between psychosis and schizophrenia?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Symptom vs disorder: Psychosis is a symptom--poor reality testing, hallucinations, delusions, etc. One of the disorders for which it is a symptom is schizophrenia, but there are other possible causes of psychosis ranging from toxins, metabolic disturbances, severe depression and mania.
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What's the difference between schizophrenia and psychosis?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
They're similar: But not the same. Psychosis is a symptom, like fever is a symptom. Many conditions can have psychosis as a symptom, scores of conditions if not a100 different ones. Schizophrenia is a brain disease which has the symptom of psychosis at its'core.

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