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What does "acute schizophrenia" mean?

What does "acute schizophrenia" mean?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

A mental disorder with positive, negative, and cognitive symptoms. A person with positive symptoms loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative symptoms: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of everyday functions; losing motivation; the inability to carry out plans in isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...Read more


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Hello doctors, what does the term "acute schizophrenia" mean?

Hello doctors, what does the term "acute schizophrenia" mean?

Worse than usually: Schizophrenia's symptoms can ebb and flow. An acute episode often is much worse than usual and, hopefully, return to the usual level after a short time. During this period safety and care are needed fast as delusions, hallucinations, disorganization mood may all be very unstable and intense. Take care and when things are back to usual - ask the doctor to explain what to expect clearly. ...Read more

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Would 6 months of accute psychotic stage before starting medication mean bad prognosis for schizophrenia?

Would 6 months of accute psychotic stage before starting medication mean bad prognosis for schizophrenia?

No: The literature indicates the sooner treatment is started, the better the result. However, good results can happen even if treatment is started later in the disease process. ...Read more

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Can having schizophrenia mean I am crazy?

Can having schizophrenia mean I am crazy?

No: Schizophrenia is an illness. Just like other illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure, medication is used to keep it in check. The term "crazy" is just a word that people use due to the stigma toward mental illness. ...Read more

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If you have 6 symptoms of schizophrenia, dies that mean you have it. I have had symptoms for 27 years?

If you have 6 symptoms of schizophrenia, dies that mean you have it. I have had symptoms for 27 years?

Possibly so: Yes, symptoms of schizophrenia could mean you have the disorder. However, there can also be other causes for symptoms like hallucinations, delusions, flat affect, and difficulty with memory and concentration, etc. Diagnosing schizophrenia requires long-term information about you & your life. Best to work with a skilled psychiatrist who follows you over time, rather than trying to do this alone. ...Read more

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Could having a schizophrenia spectrum disorder mean you have schizophrenia?

Could having a schizophrenia spectrum disorder mean you have schizophrenia?

Sure: "Being on the schizophrenia spectrum" could mean one has schizophrenia or other disorders that share some symptoms with schizophrenia (e.g. brief psychotic disorder, schizotypal personality disorder, delusional disorder, etc). ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when someone with schizophrenia laughs at nothing?

Internal stimuli: When people who are suffering from schizophrenia are struggling with internal experiences that have no correspondence to their environment they will appear to be behaving in a bizarre manner. When they hear a voice saying a humorous statement or see a visual hallucination that is silly they may respond with laughter. Their impulse control and social awareness may be compromised as well. ...Read more

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If my brother developed schizophrenia as a teenager, does that mean I will too?

If my brother developed schizophrenia as a teenager, does that mean I will too?

Maybe: Schizophrenia does have a genetic component. But, environmental factors do also play a significant role. So, having a sibling with the disease may increase the risk, but this definitely does not mean the risk is certain. ...Read more

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I have heard voices and seen things no one else has, does that mean I have schizophrenia?

I have heard voices and seen things no one else has, does that mean I have schizophrenia?

See below: Diagnosis of schizophrenia requires a thorough assessment. Auditory and visual hallucinations -- symptoms that you're describing can signify many things. Get a through evaluation, including with your primary care doctor to assess if there are any physical causes for your symptoms and take things from there. Good luck! ...Read more

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If I have a bizarre delusion, does it mean that I have schizophrenia?

Maybe....: A delusion does not = schizophrenia. Schizophrenia entails six months of symptoms and must significantly impair functioning. The symptoms are not due to drug use or another mental illness. Symptoms may include hallucinations, delusions (fixed beliefs that aren't true), disorganized speech and behavior, lack of motivation and emotional expression, low energy, poor grooming etc. ...Read more

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Could hearing voices always means schizophrenia?

No: Auditory hallucinations can occur as a result of many conditioned both psychiatric or not. ...Read more

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Could hearing voices always means it's schizophrenia?

Depends...: The quality and quantity of the voices determine if there is a psychiatric disorder, although hearing voices does usually mean a psychotic process is extant. But, extreme manic states, drug-induced states and genuine psychic abilities also produce "voices." This one calls for a professional evaluation by either a psychologist or psychiatrist. ...Read more

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What does it actually mean if I have schizophrenia?

It means you: Have a chronic illness like diabetes or high blood pressure, but this one effects your brain. Learn as much as you can about your illness and work with a psychiatrist that you trust so that you can control the illness rather than letting the illness control you. ...Read more

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Does schizophrenia mean split personalities? I heard that in the old movies?

Does schizophrenia mean split personalities? I heard that in the old movies?

Not like in oldmovies: 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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Can you please explain to me how to identify an acute episode of schizophrenia?

Can you please explain to me how to identify an acute episode of schizophrenia?

Psychosis: Schizophrenia can present a number of different ways. One is psychosocial withdrawal, lack of motivation, a distant look in the eyes, a near confusional appearance, lack of attending to hygiene and appropriate clothing. A definite change in personality is noted. If paranoia's present the person may have auditory hallucinations that talk at the inside their head or have a running dialogue going on about their behavior inside their mind. They may feel that people can magically read their minds. They may also feel that their thoughts are being broadcast out to other people, that their thoughts can be heard a loud outside their minds, and that they can magically put thoughts into the minds of others or the others may magically steal thoughts from their minds. They may exhibit a lack of motivation. Bizarre rituals may also be noted. Vocational, educational, and relational abilities are frequently harmed to a great degree. ...Read more

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I outgrew schizophrenia and don't have it anymore, does this mean I can enjoy a normal life now?

?: Schizophrenia is a chronic illness and variably progressive. Symptoms may fluctuate and treatment may eliminate many of the symptoms and slow progression. If you have no hallucinations, disorganized thought process, or paranoia without medication it is possible you were misdiagnosed. Many other possibilities. See a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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If a child is extremely afraid of dark, does that mean that he is going to suffer from schizophrenia later?

Unrelated generally: Being extremely afraid of the dark is generally unrelated to schizophrenia. Yes, if they are already seeing visions then it's linked, but more likely the fear is due to attachment issues, emotional immaturity, severe insecurity, or just plain overactive imagination. ...Read more

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Does hearing voice always means schizophrenia?

Nothing is 100%: Auditory hallucinations are a possible symptom of schizophrenia, but there are people diagnosed with that condition who do not hear voices and it is possible to hear voices and not be schizophrenic. The content of the messages is very important. If it's not troubling, that's good. Certain brain trauma or neurological disorders can cause similar symptoms. A neuropsychologist can dx. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does psychopathic schizophrenia mean?

Diagnosis: Atleast I am not aware of such terminology
schiophrenia and psychoopathy are true different disordes but un commonly both can coexist
this is not meant to be medical or psychiatric advice. There is no doctor patient relationship. Please call 911 or go to nearest er for psychiatric or medical emergency such si/hi/emotion crisis. ...Read more

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If someone has a bizzare delusion does it mean they definitely have schizophrenia?

If someone has a bizzare delusion does it mean they definitely have schizophrenia?

No: Delusions can be one of the symptoms of schizophrenia, but it does not mean that you definitely have schizophrenia. There are other mental illnesses that can have delusions as a symptom such as severe depression, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder and delusional disorder. ...Read more

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Is a brief psychotic disorder mean someone has or will have schizophrenia?

Is a brief psychotic disorder mean someone has or will have schizophrenia?

Mutually exclusive: Brief psychotic disorder and schizophrenia are mutually exclusive diagnoses, , i.e., a person cannot simultaneously have both disorders. Brief psychotic disorders requires a full recovery in less than 30 days, whereas schizophrenia requires active psychotic symptoms for over 30 days and some symptoms for at least 6 months. ...Read more

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Is this schizophrenia if somebody keeps talking about the government, I mean all the time, really?

Is this schizophrenia if somebody keeps talking about the government, I mean all the time, really?

Paranoid Delusions?: Paranoid delusions are often seen as a symptom in schizophrenia. A person talking non-stop about the government may just be exercising their first amendment right. This is a good example where a single symptom does not define a disorder or make a diagnosis. You may be annoyed by this individual, but there are other necessary details required before we can diagnose schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Does a parents' having schizophrenia mean loss of child custody?

Does a parents' having schizophrenia mean loss of child custody?

NO: I have had patients with serious mental illness get custody of their children even when the other didn't have mental illness. They must prove that they are the better parent. This includes regular psychiatric treatment and compliance with medications. It also depends upon what the other parent is like. ...Read more

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What does it mean when someone who has schizophrenia walks on their toes when they are stressed?

What does it mean when someone who has schizophrenia walks on their toes when they are stressed?

Unkown: I have never heard of that before. It certainly is not at all common. I suppose it would be best to have a doctor take a look at this. ...Read more

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I am diagnosed with schizophrenia have delusions of grandeur but I have doubts about them. What does this mean?

I am diagnosed with schizophrenia have delusions of grandeur but I have doubts about them. What does this mean?

Delusional thinking: The doubts you have about the validity of the delusional thinking is actually a good thing in that it is probably your rational mind attempting to break into the delusional thought process. More importantly however, for anyone with schizophrenia, appropriate treatment and medication management is essential. If you aren't already, I would encourage you to stay consistently in treatment. ...Read more

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If mental illness is a result of trauma, loss, etc, does this mean we should just get over it or is it just as important as pyschosis, schizophrenia?

If mental illness is a result of trauma, loss, etc, does this mean we should just get over it or is it just as important as pyschosis, schizophrenia?

All Just Labels, Not: A reasonable view of the complexities of living. Life involves all kinds of issues ; the most common short-term human strategy for dealing with issues seen as unpleasant is either avoidance or denial. Yet these are not solutions; consequences of avoidance/denial keep recurring, powerfully reflecting continuing issue (s). We are designed to remember, not forget, from before birth on. So confront the. ...Read more

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My aunt has schizophrenia it's really hard to deal with and she's a real pain to be around. Her doctor recommended she see someone who performs brain mapping or is knowledgeable in brain mapping techniques. I'm unclear as to what this really means. Can so

My aunt has schizophrenia it's really hard to deal with and she's a real pain to be around. Her doctor recommended she see someone who performs brain mapping or is knowledgeable in brain mapping techniques. I'm unclear as to what this really means. Can so

Neurobiofeedback/EEG: Brain Mapping is a way of looking at how different areas of the brain function and communicate. How effectively are different areas of the brain doing their job. Multiple Modalities: brain health (EEG), brain processing speed (Evoke Potentials), heart health (EKG), mental health (neuropsychology). ...Read more

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What is psychomotor retardation in an adult with Paranoid Schizophrenia and Depression mean? Does it mean Schizophrenia with Mental Retardation?

What is psychomotor retardation in an adult with Paranoid Schizophrenia and Depression mean? Does it mean Schizophrenia with Mental Retardation?

Psychomotor: Psychomotor retardation or impairment is the visible slowing of physical activity such as movement or speech. Psychomotor retardation can be seen in many mental health disorders including schizophrenia and depression. It is not to be confused with mental retardation which is intellectual disability or cognitive impairment. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Acute Schizophrenia (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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