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How is brief psychotic disorder different from schizophrenia?

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 more

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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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How is schizoaffective disorder different from schizophrenia?

How is schizoaffective disorder different from schizophrenia?

Mood symptoms: Both disorders have prominent distortions of reality, with hallucination, delusions, and problems with thought processes. However, schizoaffective disorder also has prominent mood symptoms, depresison or mania, that occur in the same timeframe. Schizophrenia can have some associated mood disturbance, but usually not during the episode. ...Read more

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How is schizoaffective disorder different from bipolar disorder 1?

How is schizoaffective disorder different from bipolar disorder 1?

More symptoms: For a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, one needs to have symptoms consistent with schizophrenia at one point as well as bipolar disorder at a different point in the same episode of illness. This can be tough to sort out unless you are seeing the same physician throughout the whole time. ...Read more

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How is bipolar disorder different from major depression?

How is bipolar disorder different from major depression?

Bipolarvs Depression: Actually, according to the criteria used, one may have only ever had manic moods, or mania, and qualify for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. That is why the term manic-depression is confusing. One may never have been depressed at any time, and still have bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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How is schizophrenia different in comparison to delusional disorder?

Both psychotic dxs: The criteria for a diagnosis of schizophrenia are more complex, generally including two or more "characteristic" symptoms (delusions, hallucinations, etc) as well as social/occupational dysfunction and other elements. A diagnosis of delusional disorder requires non-bizarre delusions (situations that occur in real life) and no significant functional impairment (among other requirements). ...Read more

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Is depression different from bipolar disorder?

Is depression different from bipolar disorder?

Yes, technically but: Sometimes they are confused one with the other. When depression resists all antidepressant medication one has to think bipolar disorder, since in bipolar disorder individuals antidepressant meds often aggravate it. Major depression can evolve into bipolar disorder. Rarely bipolar can become major depression. Depression gets depression meds, bipolar - mood stabilizers & sometimes depression meds. ...Read more

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Does all schizophrenia involve paranoia? Is paranoid schizophrenia a different condition than schizophrenia?

Does all schizophrenia involve paranoia? Is paranoid schizophrenia a different condition than schizophrenia?

No.: Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder that affects perception, cognition (thinking), emotion, communication & behavior. Different subtypes have been identified. The most salient symptoms of persons diagnosed w/ "paranoid" subtype are paranoia (thoughts about being persecuted by a person/group &/or about conspiracies) & hallucinations (typically hearing &/or seeing things that aren't there). ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is bipolar disorder different from major depressive disorder?

Can you tell me how is bipolar disorder different from major depressive disorder?

Bipolar Disorder has: Periods of depression but in addition there are periods of mania, hypomania or mixed states. ...Read more

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What is the difference between schizotypal personality disorder with psychosis and schizophrenia or delusional disorder?

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 more

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How is brief psychotic disorder self-diagnosed?

How is brief psychotic disorder self-diagnosed?

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

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How can bipolar disorder differ from depression?

How can  bipolar disorder differ from depression?

Uni- vs bi-polar sxs: A person with unipolar depression may be very low or irritable with impact on varying areas of life function. A person with bipolar depression has both periods of lows but also has periods of markedly increased energy level, irritable or euphoric mood, rapid thoughts, impulsivity & hyperproductivity. ...Read more

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Doctors, what is the difference between bipolar disorder and paranoia schizophrenia?

Mood vs. thoughts: Bipolar is a mood disorder, while schizophrenia is a thought disorder. You can have issues with both, but the predominant symptom or issue, usually implicates the diagnosis. A mental health professional can help you sort this out. ...Read more

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Help please! is bipolar disorder the same as bipolar spectrum disorder?

Yes and no: Bipolar spectrum disorder is a term used by some psychiatrists to describe a range of severity of bipolar disorder that is possible and seen clinically. However, it is not an accepted diagnostic term for use in medical records. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to have borderline personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, and bipolar disorder all together?

How common is it for someone to have borderline personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, and bipolar disorder all together?

Co-occurence common: The "comorbidity" (co-occurrence) of personality disorders is high, so if someone meets the diagnostic criteria for *any* personality disorder (pd), they are likely to meet the diagnostic criteria for as many as four to six pds. This reflects (in part) a limitation of dsm-iv/5 (the psychiatric diagnostic manual). Bipolar mood disorder is a different animal, but can co-exist with a pd. ...Read more

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What is depressive disorder and how is it different from depression?

What is depressive disorder and how is it different from depression?

The term "depression: Is used for a lot of things like feeling sad or grieving. But depressive disorder is a clinical diagnosis with specific criteria. ...Read more

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How can therapists differentiate between schizoid personality disorder and the negative symptoms of psychosis?

GOOD question.: Schizoid PSTY sufferers generally don't like being with other, are "drifter" types and like to wander around, usually solo. They have odd behaviors sometimes, usually around social events. Psychotics aren't necessarily withdrawn socially, and their oddities are usually somewhat different--related more to delusions or hallucinations, which are not typical of Schizoids. Neg. Sx's are lethargy, ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychoses (Definition)

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


Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

A chronic mental disorder characterized by loss of touch with reality (psychosis), often with paranoia, delusions, and auditory hallucinations, ...Read more