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Causes Of Undifferentiated Schizophrenia
Some causes: Genetics due play a role, but in a small percentage. Environmental factors may be involved, such as exposure to viruses or malnutrition before birth, problems during birth, and psychosocial factors. Another cause is an imbalance in the brain involving the neurotransmitters Dopamine and glutamate, and possibly others play a role in schizophrenia. More research is needed - still a lot of unknowns. ...Read more
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
Depression & mania: Formerly "manic depression, " bipolar disorder includes periods of major depression, & other periods of mania or hypomania. Although there is a "mixed" type where these periods overlap, most bipolar disorder has long & separate times of either low or high mood, making it different than short-term "mood swings". Meds usually treat bipolar well. For lots of good info, see: http://tinyurl.Com/c2qry8. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Narcissism: The person believes s/he is special or unique -- more so than others. May also be preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success and power. Feels entitled to special treatment and deference from others; is haughty and lacks empathy for others. Needs excessive admiration, and when this isn't forthcoming, may erupt in rage. May exploit others without concern for their needs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Childhood abuse: Dissociative identity disorder (did) is often associated with history of severe childhood trauma or abuse -- usually happening over an extended period. This could be physical, emotional, sexual, or some combination. The dissociative aspect is a coping mechanism -- the person unconsciously dissociates himself/herself from experiences or situations that are too painful to consciously assimilate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What symptoms are different in schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder? Is one a disease of the brain, other disorder?
Both brain disease: Both of these illnesses are "brain diseases, " and both have psychotic symptoms such as delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, thought disorder, etc. Schizoaffective patients also have mood dysregulation, but pure schizophrenics don't. Treatment for schizophrenia may be antipsychotics alone; schizoaffective people also need mood stabilizing agents. They may deal with mania & depression, + psychosis. ...Read more
Milder ; Reversed: I've read an article that seems to consider this as perhaps milder in the severity of the ups and downs (cyclothymic) than many full bipolar patients and the "atypical" refers to reversed vegetative symptoms - i.e., oversleeping and overeating as opposed to the more common insomnia and appetite loss. I do not know how or if it is treated with different drugs. Be well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Genetics: Bipolar disorder is a highly genetic disorder, so most people inherit the predisposition. Also stimulant drugs like the amphetamines can also produce symptoms of mania. There are also people who are susceptible to marked sleep deprivation. Lack of sleep for several days has been know to cause symptoms that look like mania. ...Read more
Difficult childhoods: Imho, children who are confronted with very stressful relationships in early childhood fail to learn healthy boundaries (borders). They may alternate being rejected and being overwhelmed by inappropriate intimacy with a parent. Things are understood in extremes - awful or wonderful. This is confusing and creates insecurity. Hot/cold, on/off, lover/enemy. A middle, shade of grey is scary/boring. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Officially? None.: It is not in the dsm. I'm glad, but some think it should be and that the symptoms are similar to adult but are marked by more rapid mood swings, hyperactivity and irritability. The highs and lows are intense and can be dangerous. These symptoms must also cause significant distress in the child, occur in more than just one setting -at school and at home- and last for at least 2 weeks. ...Read more
Inability to move: The key feature of catatonia, which actually occurs in more than schizophrenia, is the inability to move at times. The person can stay still in one posture for hours at a time, leading to an inability to eat or perform other activities of daily living. There are also cases of "agitated catatonia" in which the person moves around in an agitated state doing motions that are purposeless. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What differs between Asperger's and Depressive type Schizoaffective Disorder? Both possible? Sometimes has catatonic episodes.
Usually personality: like apsergers very overly friendly and funny and sociable , schizoaffective odd and withdrawn usually ...Read more
Sleeplessness racing: The presence of a "manic" episode in the context of an indiviudal who has suffered major depression. Bipolar may be being overdiagnosed at present - context of sleeplessess, racing thoughts, shopping sprees, taking on multiple projects, impulsivenes, feeligns of invincability etc are important. Bipolar ii is even looser, as the duration fo symptoms required is shorter. Get good psych evaluation. ...Read more
Negative behavior: Oppositional defiant disorder is a usually first diagnosed in childhood. It is represented by a pattern (lasting at least 6 months) of hostile, defiant, and negativistic behavior. A child with this disorder might often lose his/her temper, argue with adults, defy or refuse to comply with adults' requests or rules, deliberately annoy people, blame others for his/her mistakes or misbehavior, etc. ...Read more
This largely relates to cancer cells and is a description of how variant the structure and division pattern is from normal cells. An anaplastic cells has weird internal componens, sometimes extra nuclei, and a bizarre pattern of division. They are usually more rapidly dividing and are a serious type of abnormality ...Read more
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