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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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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