A 41-year-old member asked:
Can you please tell me how schizophrenia and severe depression with psychotic features differ?
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Dr. Elaine Petersonanswered
Pediatrics 10 years experience
Timeline Difference: Schizophrenia is disturbance in thought (2 or more of the following: delusions, disorganized behavior or speech, hallucinations, flat affect) that has persisted over 6 months. Major depressive disorder with psychotic features includes signs of depression present for at least 2 weeks, along with episode(s) (that often resolve in a short time period) of psychosis.
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Psychiatry 30 years experience
Underlying nature: Schizophrenia is chronic condition with impaired capacity to tell between reality /fantasy (delusions/hallucinations). It's recurrent, tends to progressive deterioration of baseline function. Depression can be so severe to cause break in reality testing - for example, beliefs world is ending, delusional worthlessness, etc. It is not usually recurrent and appropriately treated, resolves fully.
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Psychiatry 23 years experience
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Psychiatry 37 years experience
Schizo vs depression: Depression with psychosis have above all, all t he symptoms of depression + psychotic features in which the auditive hallucination can be [usually] much milder and duration of each hearing much shorter, less clearly heard, much less affecting the sick person [other sx are also as mild in visual or paranoia-delusions]. Schizo sx. Are long lasting, can be all day, severely affecting the person.
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Psychiatry 36 years experience
Psychosis is a : Symptom that can happen in a number of illnesses including infections and sleep depravation. And yes, it can occur in serious depressions as well. The difference is that once the depression resolves, functioning is fully restored while schizophrenia is a chronic, relapsing illness.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
What is the difference between schizophrenia and a severe depression with psychotic features?
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Dep. vs. Schiz.: Depression with psychosis shows psychotic symptoms that are congruent with the mood, ex. Hearing voices saying bad things about them. Schizophrenia is non-congruent or bizarre hallucinations such as voices of aliens discussing the person between each other, or bizarre delusions, while in depression the delusions are negative or derogatory, etc.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Is schizophrenia a worse form of depression with psychotic features?
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