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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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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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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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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

Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

Mental disorder with positive, negative & cognitive sxs. A person with positive sxs loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative sxs: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of every day functions; losing motivation; inability to carry out plans & isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...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