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How Is Brief Psychotic Disorder Different From Schizophrenia
Deterioration: Brief psychoses are just that - brief. Psychotic episodes in schizophrenia cause deterioration mentally and lead to diminished functioning over time.That loss does not come back for the most part especially without psychiatric care. Brief psychotic disorders by definition have a beginning and end and don't often cause the kind of functional deterioration that psychosis in schizophrenia does. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Talk to psychiatrist: Both conditions are complicated and usually require professional treatment. Don't try to figure this out by yourself. See a psychiatrist and discuss the problem and the possible treatment plan ...Read more
It's not: Self diagnosis is a bad idea in general, even for a doctor, but it is impossible for anyone to self-diagnose any type of psychosis. But by definition, a person cannot diagnose him or herself with a psychotic disorder - how can a person simultaneously lose touch with reality yet still be able to discern what is real? ...Read more
Both are symptoms: Positive symptoms have to do with things a person doesn't normally experience-like hallucinations and delusions. Negative symptoms have to with things a person normally does, but doesn't do when psychotic or ill from schizophrenia such as getting out of bed and socializing with people. Often, the positive symptoms respond better to treatment than the negative symptoms, which may persist longer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Brief psychosis: This would depend on the nature and duration of the psychotic symptoms. If it's truly a "brief psychotic disorder, " the person has already returned to usual functioning--that's good! but, psychotic symptoms that last at least a day are best evaluated by a professional to ensure proper diagnosis and to determine whether treatment is indicated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible that a patient diagnosed with brief psychotic disorder study again after he/she was well?
Yes: Brief psychotic disorder is actually more common among people who are new to new cultures. In these cases the brain may simply be overwhelmed with totally foreign information and data and have difficulty handling the transition. This is not like some of the more progressive psychiatric diseases that cause gradual cognitive deficits after recovery and with support the person should go on to live a full and productive life. ...Read more
Not Sure, Just Maybe: One often associates auditory hallucinations with schizophrenia, but not all schizophrenics experience auditory hallucinations. They can also occur with mood disorders but usually to a lesser degree. Auditory hallucinations have also been known to manifest as a result of intense stress, sleep deprivation, drug use, and errors in development of proper psychological processes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not really: Depression and schizophrenia are separate illnesses. Severe depression can have psychotic symptoms as part of the symptomatology. However, this is not all that common. It is much more likely that with mild and moderate depression you will not have psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations or delusions. However, depression is a serious illness and you should get help if you are depressed. ...Read more
If somebody had delusional disorder and suffered a psychotic break (w. Negative schizophrenia symptoms), could this be diagnosed as schizophrenia?
Possibly: Delusions and "negative symptoms" (i.e., affective flattening, alogia, or avolition) would possibly meet part of the criteria for schizophrenia. But a careful evaluation would be helpful in getting an appropriate diagnosis. There's more to the diagnosis than these symptoms. One's functioning and the timing of the symptoms are also important, as is excluding other possible diagnoses. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can there be any gemstones that can be used to help psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder?
Levels of healing: There is debate about whether gemstones and other elements have healing properties. But even if we assume that there are health benefits from gemstones, this type of healing is probably too subtle to have any major impact on serious mental disorders such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Pharmaceutical medication and psychotherapy are usually required to manage these disorders. ...Read more
Can you tell me if there are any gemstones that can be used to help psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder?
NO: I have answered a couple of similar questions before, the answer is most definitely NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT. Whatever you think of psychiatry, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are very serious illnesses. Touting gemstones as treatment for these illnesses is fraudulent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A distinct problem: Schizophrenia is a "thought disorder" in that people with this condition often have problems with hallucinations, delusions, disorganization and difficulty functioning in work. On the other hand, people "multiple personality" called "dissociative identity disorder" are almost always people who have experienced extreme interpersonal traumas very early in life. The dissociations are a way to cope. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the difference between schizotypal personality disorder with psychosis and schizophrenia or delusional disorder?
Significant diff's: People with schizotypal personality are characterized by marked eccentricity in thought and behavior. Any additional psychosis is not felt to represent a primary psychotic disorder such as schizophrenia. The psychotic disorder is sometimes thought to be secondary outgrowth from the schizotypal personality disorder who has been stressed. Delusional disorder is simply an isolated delusion in the absence of a major psychosis such as schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is characterized by hallucinatory experiences, marked decrease in psychosocial function, and what are referred to as negative symptoms referring to the psycho social isolation that is experienced. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why is impossible to: Answer. It would be like asking why a certain percentage of the population gets seizures. It is what it is. ...Read more
Helps not perfect: just like every medication, we need more scientific research and drug development to make even better medications. They have side effects but can dramatically help reduce hallucinations and delusions for the majority of patients. I have seen many patients who start out completely confused and in the end able to go back to school and work. ...Read more
Do those who have schizophrenia remember everything that happened after they've had a psychotic episode?
It depends: Every person is different. While many people tend to forget some parts of their thinking and behavior during a psychotic episode while remembering others, there are also some individuals experiencing dissociation that may not remember anything. Memory can also be negatively affected by medications used to control the episode. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Psychosis is a condition mostly seen in Schizophrenia and conditions where certain drugs cause psychotic symptoms. Symptoms may include auditory and visual hallucinations and a break with reality. Psychotic symptoms can be managed with medications and usually begin at the age of 20+ but can also be seen earlier or later as in Dementia or ...Read more
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