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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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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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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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What is a type of bipolar disorder with predominantly depressive symptoms?

What is a type of bipolar disorder with predominantly depressive symptoms?

That could be: Most of them- bipolar i, bipolar ii, bipolar disorder not otherwise specified and most other variants. ...Read more

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Is schizoaffective a form of schizophrenia?

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Is schizoaffective a form of schizophrenia?

Schizoaffective: It belongs to the schizophrenia spectrum disorders & other psychotic disorders, according to our upcoming diagnostic manual for mental illnesses. It shows abnormal moods along with distortions in perceptions, such as delusions/hallucinations. ...Read more

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Is recurrent depressive disorder and unipolar the same condition or disorder?

Is recurrent depressive disorder and unipolar the same condition or disorder?

Depression: A depressive disorder can be unipolar (no maniac, hypomania or mixed states) or it can be part of a bipolar disorder. Recurrent depressive disorder just means that there are multiple episodes of depression. ...Read more

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Can there be a mild form of schizoid personality disorder?

Can there be a mild form of schizoid personality disorder?

Traits vs Disorder: People may have any variation of personality traits in a "milder" form that do not meet the diagnostic criteria for a disorder. They key thing to look at is are these traits functionally causing impairment or not? ...Read more

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When people suffering from bipolar enter either a depressive or manic episode, is there a spectrum of moods within that mood?

When people suffering from bipolar enter either a depressive or manic episode, is there a spectrum of moods within that mood?

Yes: Both depression and mania can be mild moderate and severe. The severe can be with or without psychotic features. It can also be mixed, where the mania is an irritable mania with a depressed mood. ...Read more

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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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Bipolar, is that a type of anxiety disorder?

No - Different: These are two different types of problems, although they can occur together. Bipolar disorder has to do with severe and often unpredictable mood swings. Anxiety disorders have to do with a variety of problems that involve excessive worry, fearfulness, or panic. ...Read more

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Is hearing voices a sure sign of schizophrenia or some kind of psychotic disorder?

Is hearing voices a sure sign of schizophrenia or some kind of psychotic disorder?

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 more

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Whats the difference between bipolar and severe bipolar depression with psychotic features?

Whats the difference between bipolar and severe bipolar depression with psychotic features?

Bipolar: Bipolar disorder has different phases of illness, and different levels of intensity. Bipolar patients may have more depression episodes than mania or hypomania. Also, depressions in bipolar disorder may be without, or with, psychotic features. Psychotic features may include hallucinations & delusions with themes of personal inadequacy, guilt, disease, death, nihilism, or deserving punishment. ...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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Is schizophrenia consuidered a confusion of the personality?

Is schizophrenia consuidered a confusion of the personality?

Schizophrenia: People sometimes think schizophrenia is "split personality." this is not true. Schizophrenia includes symptoms like hearing voices or other perceptual distortions, delusional thinking, flat affect, internal preoccupation, & other disordered thinking & perception. It is usually genetically inherited & can only be diagnosed by a professional. If concerned, see a psychiatrist or psychologist. ...Read more

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Is there a relationship between psychotic depression and dissociative features?

Is there a relationship between psychotic depression and dissociative features?

They can relate: Psychotic depression can occur in someone who also uses dissociation as an unconscious defense against feeling pain. Yet one doesn't require the other, nor are they always together. Dissociation can worsen depression. Also, someone who dissociates might appear similar to someone with psychotic depression. That's why an entire history must be taken, and an extensive interview done. ...Read more

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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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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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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 tell me if depression becomeworst can it become schizophrenia or psychotic disorder?

Can you tell me if depression becomeworst can it become schizophrenia or psychotic disorder?

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

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Is there a difference between psychotic depression and schizophrenia?

Is there a difference between psychotic depression and schizophrenia?

Yes: Mainly treatment and outcome. In schizophrenia, disordered thinking (psychotic thinking/hallucinations) is a major symptom; in depression, psychosis (mainly delusions/paranoia) is serious but not common. Psychosis of depression can clear with only depression meds, antipsychotics are a must in schizophrenia. Antipsychotics in depression can help clear it. Schizophrenia is harder to treat overall. ...Read more

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

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

Differences: With psychotic depression the psychotic symptoms only appear when the person is in a depressed episode. Schizophrenia is more of a thought disorder with symptoms such as hallucinations, disorganized thoughts, delusions and paranoia. Having a depressed mood is not a requirement for a schizophrenia diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the difference between psychotic depression, regular depression and schizophrenia?

What is the difference between psychotic depression, regular depression and schizophrenia?

Major symptoms: "regular depression" refers to sustained depressed or irritable mood & changes in sleep, appetite, & energy level, maybe suicidality. Sometimes, with severe depression, people have hallucinations or delusions, e.g., "my body is rotting." they typically come after the depression starts and relate to depression. Schizophrenia is the hallucinations and delusoins without prominent depressive sxs. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia sometimes misdiagnosed as psychotic depression and vice versa?

Is schizophrenia sometimes misdiagnosed as psychotic depression and vice versa?

Differential dx: When faced with uncertainty whether a diagnosis is either schizophrenia or major depression with psychosis (or schizoaffective disorder) a good clinician will always have a differential diagnosis. The subsequent course of the illness, previous history, and other details will help refine the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is flat affect a symptom of psychosis or paranoid schizophrenia or depression anxiety? i got my medical records back and they noticed that in me

Is flat affect a symptom of psychosis or paranoid schizophrenia or depression anxiety? i got my medical records back and they noticed that in me

Flat affect: means without expression or outward emotion as a doctor or interviewer saw you at a specific point in time only. Affect is one of many symptoms that goes into a psych evaluation plus medical, family, behavioral history. If you find this information in your medical record, disturbing, talk to your doctor or mental health professional if you are in treatment to put this in perspective. ...Read more

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Can depression cause schizophrenia?

Can depression cause schizophrenia?

No: Depression and schizophrenia are two different illnesses. Some people with schizophrenia will have depression but depression does not cause schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia related to depression?

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Is schizophrenia related to depression?

In the real world: Lots of symptoms overlap between schizophrenia and depression, especially manic-depression. Many patients with schizophrenia also have depressive symptoms. Furthermore, some patients with depression also have hallucinations, delusions. Several antipsychotic drugs are effective as treatment of schizophrenia, manic-depression, and depression. There are also overlaps in genetics. ...Read more

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Could you naturally cure schizophrenia or severe depression?

Could you naturally cure schizophrenia or severe depression?

Schizophrenia, Depr: Even though, We have been blessed with Healing Powers of our Body and Mind, to date there are no clinical Research studies documenting effective natural remedies for cure of Schizophrenia or Severe Depression. ...Read more

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How do you differentiate between the negative symptoms of schizophrenia and depression?

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How do you differentiate between the negative symptoms of schizophrenia and depression?

Onset and sadness: Negative symptoms of schizophrenia have significant overlap with depression, making diagnosis challenging. Differentiating these two requires review of history, in particular, how and when the symptoms started. Negative symptoms are more stable over time. Depression symptoms tend to fluctuate, often independent of other schizophrenia symptoms. Sadness, crying are also suggestive of depression. ...Read more

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I was wondering if it was possible to cure schizophrenia or depression with a natural way?

No cure: There is no cure for schizophrenia or depression. For depression there are natural ways that can be tried to help alleviate the symptoms such as exercise, therapy, support groups, journaling, healthy diet, and supplements (i.e. Omega 3, vitamin d and b complex) . The best way to manage symptoms of schizophrenia are with medications. ...Read more

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If someone has schizophrenia and then develops depression, would the depression symptoms be different from someone who just has depression?

If someone has schizophrenia and then develops depression, would the depression symptoms be different from someone who just has depression?

Complex symptoms: People with symptoms of both schizophrenia and a depressive disorder present significantly different from people with symptoms of depression only. This complex symptom presentation (and experience) presents coping challenges for the individual and diagnostic and treatment challenges for the mental health professional. Both can be managed, however, with expert care. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing all the symptoms of schizophrenia for the past year. Also, I experience mania and more often depression. What's wrong with me?

I've been experiencing all the symptoms of schizophrenia for the past year. Also, I experience mania and more often depression. What's wrong with me?

Depression: It is very important for you to seek medical help. I would suggest you see a Psychiatrist. You may have depression, Bipolar disorder or even Schizophrenia. If you are not on treatment yet you need to be seen, diagnosed and treated effectively ...Read more

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Could you mix up clinical depression and schizophrenia?

Yes: People with schizophrenia can be clinically depressed (e.g. Called "schizoaffective disorder") and people are who clinically depressed can sometimes be so depressed that they have temporary hallucinations that can look like the symptoms of schizophrenia. So, they can be confused. ...Read more

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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


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