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what is the definition or description of: acute schizophrenia?

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Dr. Peter Forster
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Acute Schizophrenia: This term refers to an episode or exacerbation of schizophrenia. This disorder is associated with hallucinations and delusions that may worsen or improve over time, as well as difficulty with clear thinking and social relationships. An acute episode would be associated with a significant worsening of delusions and hallucinations.
Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Confusing term: Im not aware of such a term. Schizophrenia by definition requires symptoms over an extended period of time and is commonly diagnosed in early adulthood. Perhaps the term is a misnomer for acute psychotic episode, which involves prominent psychotic symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations or atypical thought patterns with abrupt onset and short duration.

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What does "acute schizophrenia" mean?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Newer Symptoms: Acute schizophrenia usually refers to the onset of symptoms in a previously healthy person. This is often a young adult who is beginning to show odd behavior over a relatively short period of time. Such symptoms can include delusions, hallucinations, and disordered thinking (illogical or incoherent speech). This contrasts with "chronic schizophrenia, " which relates to long-term symptom patterns.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Cousin was just diagnosed with acute schizophrenia. What is this?

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Dr. Wil Ausborn
Clinical Psychology 23 years experience
Major mental illness: Schizophrenia is a mental illness that involves changes in perception, thoughts and behavior. Often the symptoms that occur are described as either acute or chronic. In the case of acute, onset of symptoms (hallucinations, delusions, incoherence) are sudden and may last for several weeks. In contrast, chronic symptoms are are similar, albeit long-term. (see www.Nimh.Nih.Gov).
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Can you find help if you have acute schizophrenia?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Absolutely: Psychiatrists are the speciallist who know a great deal about schizophrenia, both in terms of diagnosing it and treating it. Although it can be a frightening disorder for the individual and family members, it often responds well to treatment, and early diagnosis and treatment help a lot to minimize the fallout than occur as a result of impaired reality testing.
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What is the treatment for acute schizophrenia?

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Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 22 years experience
Antipsychotics: Primarily antipsychotic medications. At least those are the foundation of treatment. But additional treatments may be needing as augmentation.
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What are the symptoms of acute schizophrenia?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
The "Positive" signs: The most common (+) symptoms of acute schizophrenia are some or all of the following: lack of insight, auditory hallucinations (hearing sounds, voices or music), delusions of persecution, suspiciousness flat mood, thoughts spoken aloud & mood disturbance.

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