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Doctor insights on: Is Schizophrenia The Only Mental Illness Where The Individual Has Delusions

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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


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Can you tell me if mental illness like schizophrenia is based on theory, there is no proof then how can it be an illness?

Can you tell me if mental illness like schizophrenia is based on theory, there is no proof then how can it be an illness?

Although there are: Multiple theories related to the causation of schizophrenia mainly associated to various treatment options, there is evidence of physical causes of schizophrenia which are supported by the efficacy of psychotropic medications. It is therefore an illness that impacts on brain functions. ...Read more

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How do you know if you are genetically predisposed to a mental illness like schizophrenia?

Family history: If you have any blood relatives (e.g. Siblings, parents, uncles, aunts, grandparents) with schizophrenia, then you are at increased risk of developing the disease yourself due to genetic factors. The more relatives that have schizophrenia, the higher your risk. However, most individuals who develop schizophrenia have no family history of schizophrenia, and such cases seem to arise "de novo.". ...Read more

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If mental illness is a result of trauma, loss, etc, does this mean we should just get over it or is it just as important as pyschosis, schizophrenia ?

If mental illness is a result of trauma, loss, etc, does this mean we should just get over it or is it just as important as pyschosis, schizophrenia ?

All Just Labels, Not: A reasonable view of the complexities of living. Life involves all kinds of issues ; the most common short-term human strategy for dealing with issues seen as unpleasant is either avoidance or denial. Yet these are not solutions; consequences of avoidance/denial keep recurring, powerfully reflecting continuing issue(s). We are designed to remember, not forget, from before birth on. So confront the. ...Read more

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Could severe mental illness (severe bipolar or schizophrenia) cause violence?

Could severe mental illness (severe bipolar or schizophrenia) cause violence?

Uncommonly yes: About 10% of people who suffer from schizophrenia have engaged in violent activity. As reference this number is 25% for people with alcohol use disorders. ...Read more

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Is paranoid schizophrenia once dignosed a life long mental illness or can a person completey recover from where no meds r needed?

Is paranoid schizophrenia once dignosed a life long mental illness or can a person completey recover from where no meds r needed?

Schizophrenia: This is not a diagnosis that can be "cured, " but it can be managed and go into remission. Some people may get to a point where meds and other therapy are not needed but this may only be for periods of time. Most stay on meds for life (even when symptoms are in remission) and many continue to receive other therapy during remission also. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia permanent? I have been quite well for an extended period of time (years). Is the mental illness capable of extended remission? Thanks

Is schizophrenia permanent? I have been quite well for an extended period of time (years). Is the mental illness capable of extended remission? Thanks

Schizophrenia: I have had several patients over the years who were able to manage schizophrenia with weekly psychotherapy and proper medication. If you free of symptoms for years you must be doing something right, continue with the method of management you are using as it appears successful. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What can I do if i was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar or other mental illness?

What can I do if i was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar or other mental illness?

2nd Opinion: There is nothing wrong with getting a second opinion from another psychiatrist, if you feel you have been misdiagnosed or are unhappy with your treatment. ...Read more

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RX OCD&anxiety.Scared I contracted toxoplasmosis and its creating this mental illness/will lead to schizophrenia like some studies suggest.Can any of you add info to the link of toxoplas&mental ill?

RX OCD&anxiety.Scared I contracted toxoplasmosis and its creating this mental illness/will lead to schizophrenia like some studies suggest.Can any of you add info to the link of toxoplas&mental ill?

Is my OCD bc of toxo: you've been dx'ed with OCD, a form of anxiety characterized by intrusive worry thoughts. studies linking toxo to development of scz are in very early phases, and barely exist for OCD. It is hily unlikely OCD sxs are related to toxo exposure. Further, OCD is not likely to "become" scz.Talk to your doc abt treatment for OCD, and you'll begin to feel better! ...Read more

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M south Indian.My psychiatrist told if OCD is left untreated it can lead to other severe mental illness like depression, schizophrenia correct?

M south Indian.My psychiatrist told if OCD is left untreated it can lead to other severe mental illness like depression, schizophrenia correct?

OCD: may be genetically liked to other inherited psychiatric disorders but it does not cause another genetically driven condition. If you are hamstrung by obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviors you may develop situational depression and self esteem issues. Avoidant behaviors may result in behaviors that are considered odd or even maladaptive. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Tripp
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Mental Disorder (Definition)

A mental disorder is psychological condition or set of behaviors that either causes the individual emotional distress and/or results in impairment in various ...Read more


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