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How long does a major depression with psychotic features last?

How long does a major depression with psychotic features last?

It Varies: Severe psychotic depression cn potentially last for several months or even longer. Obviously, this can lead to significant and sometimes life-threatening problems. That is why this type of difficulty needs to be treated aggressively to try to help people return to a normal level of functioning. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Can you tell me how could i be diagnosed with major depression with psychotic features?

Can you tell me how could i be diagnosed with major depression with psychotic features?

Psychiatric eval: If you suspect this, get an evaluation by a psychiatrist as soon as possible. Major depression with psychotic features is a very serious illness that has a particularly high suicide rate. Symptoms include sadness/numbness, loss of interest in pleasurable activities, changes in sleep or appetite, low energy or concentration, suicidal thinking, paranoia, hallucinations, or delusional thinking. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how i could be diagnosed with major depression with psychotic features?

Can you tell me how i could be diagnosed with major depression with psychotic features?

Diagnosing depressio: Depression and be complicated by psychosis. Symptoms of psychosis can include hallucination and delusions. Successful treatment should focus on both the depressive symptoms as well as the psychotic symptoms. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia a worse form of depression with psychotic features?

Is schizophrenia a worse form of depression with psychotic features?

No: Depression with psychotic features is a break with reality that occurs during a severe depression. Schizophrenia entails six months of symptoms that significantly impair functioning, are not due to drug use or another mental illness, including depression.Symptoms may include hallucinations, delusions (fixed beliefs that aren't true), disorganized speech and behavior, lack of drive and emotion etc. ...Read more

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What's done for severe depression with psychotic features and anxiety?

What's done for severe depression with psychotic features and anxiety?

Treatment NOW!: Depression with psychotic features, is by definition severe. Severe depression indicates the need for aggressive intervention with the combination of individual psychotherapy and psychotropic medications, including antidepressants and likely, at least temporarily, antipsychotic medication. These medications may be sufficient to help with the anxiety, but sometimes anxiolytics are also required. ...Read more

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How you differentiate between schizo-affective and depression with psychotic features?

How you differentiate between schizo-affective and depression with psychotic features?

Schizoaffective: Psychosis in depression is more of self derogatory nature and involve themes of self worth or guilt. Psychosis involves bizarre or illogical thoughts not related to mood per se. ...Read more

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What's the difference between schizoaffective disorders and depression with psychotic features?

What's the difference between schizoaffective disorders and depression with psychotic features?

Timing: Major depression with psychosis means that the person has no psychotic symptoms when they are not depressed. On the other hand, schizoaffective disorder means the presence of even subtle psychosis between episodes of depression or mania. ...Read more

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What is the difference between schizophrenia and a severe depression with psychotic features?

What is the difference between schizophrenia and a severe depression with psychotic features?

Psychosis: Is the common symptom, but the causes and the progression are very different. Depression with psychosis can resolve and may never recur, but schizophrenia is a chronic illness. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how schizophrenia and severe depression with psychotic features differ?

Can you please tell me how schizophrenia and severe depression with psychotic features differ?

Main differences: In major depression: psychosis gets resolved as you treat depression. In contrast, you will see psychotic symptoms regarldless of mood symptoms in schizophrenia spectrum problems. ...Read more

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Depression with psychotic features, and one of the symptoms is cognitive impairment. Can you tell me what this is?

Depression with psychotic features, and one of the symptoms is cognitive impairment. Can you tell me what this is?

Need physical: I would see your family doc to rule out general physical causes, a neurologist to rule out lyme's, ms, early parkinson's, a neuropsychologist to evaluate degree of cognitive deficits, a psychiatrist for eval and treatment and make sure you get into therapy. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. If you are suicidal, please call 911 or go to the nearest er. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Psychotic (Definition)

Psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia) are major mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking. Psychotic people lose touch with reality and have symptoms of delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs, such as thinking that a TV is sending you personal messages. Hallucinations are false perceptions, such as hearing, seeing, or feeling something that ...Read more


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