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How can a psychiatrist tell the difference between a person who has schizophrenia and a person experiencing psychosis?

How can a psychiatrist tell the difference between a person who has schizophrenia and a person experiencing psychosis?

Maybe: Psychosis can happen for many reasons in the immediate time frame the symptoms can appear identical regardless of course. Schizophrenia is a chronic condition characterized be recurrent episodes of psychosis. ...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


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Can you tell me how a psychiatrist tell the difference between a person who has schizophrenia and a person experiencing psychosis?

Can you tell me how a psychiatrist tell the difference between a person who has schizophrenia and a person experiencing psychosis?

History: Schizophrenia is a chronic condition lasting many months to years. A person who has psychosis for only a short period, for example due to using recreational drugs, may not have schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could a psychiatrist tell the difference between a person who has schizophrenia and a person experiencing psychosis?

Careful history: There are many kinds of illnesses in which a person can experience psychosis. Schizophrenia is one such illness — probably one of the most severe illness of this kind. Careful observation and interviewing of the patient and of patient's loved ones is usually what helps the psychiatrist to make a particular diagnosis. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Could a person in recovery from psychosis continue university?

Could a person in recovery from psychosis continue university?

Psychosis Recovery: I commend you for your desire to continue University Education.
Feel good about your Recovery.
Continue to follow with your Psychiatrist and take medication as prescribed and have Therapy for stresses in life.
Yes, you can continue University.
John Nash had Paranoid Schizophrenia and won Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics.
His Biography was made in a movie, “ A Beautiful Mind”. ...Read more

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Can pet scans tell if a person is having a psychosis?

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Can pet scans tell if a person is having a psychosis?

PET scan in Psychosi: There are ongoing studies that looked at pet scans in people claiming to be hearing voices, and showed activation in primary auditory cortex or parts of the brain involved in the perception & understanding of speech. ...Read more

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How much psychosis can a schizophrenic person go through?

No limit: I am not sure what you mean by this question. Persons who suffer from schizophrenia may suffer from chronic, ongoing delusons or may suffer from periods of exacerbation of their illness. There is no limit to the number of episodes of decompensation in a person's lifetime. Many persons may suffer from waxing and waning illness with variable impairment in level of functioning. ...Read more

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I've had 3 psychosis since I was 29. I was put in 3 mental hospitals and the 1st hospital was horrible! What makes a person have a psychosis?

I've had 3 psychosis since I was 29. I was put in 3 mental hospitals and the 1st hospital was horrible! What makes a person have a psychosis?

Excellent question!: Excellent question! But the list of things that can result in psychosis is long and complex so- it could be something as simple as sleep deprivation or something as sporadic as complex-partial seizure disorder. The most common response to your question would be "a chemical imbalance in the frontal lobes of your brain, such as too much dopamine"... But this is rarely actually proven! Read "running from the devil". ...Read more

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If a person's psychosis is due to his epilepsy, does it mean that better control of the epilepsy may lead to better control of the psychosis symptoms?

If a person's psychosis is due to his epilepsy, does it mean that better control of the epilepsy may lead to better control of the psychosis symptoms?

Yes, but...: Yes, but is this a theoretical question or has a doctor (other than Doctor Google) made this diagnosis & prescribed treatment? Says here you have MS (can cause psychosis), schizophrenia (ditto) & are on steroids (ditto) but NOT antipsychotics (why not?). Are your seizures a complication of your MS or do you have lifelong epilepsy? There's no simple answer here & you shouldn't expect to find one. ...Read more

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Could sleep deprivation cause psychosis in a schizo-affective person?

Could sleep deprivation cause psychosis in a schizo-affective person?

Sleep deprivation : Sleep hygiene is extremely important for everyone but particularly for patients with a mental illness — prolonged sleep deprivation can trigger manic symptoms, lead to confusion. Disorientation and yes could exacerbate psychosis. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can sleep deprivation cause psychosis in a schizo-affective person?

Help plz! Can sleep deprivation cause psychosis in a schizo-affective person?

Definitely. : If one has schizo affective disorder, this is not infrequently associated with lack of sleep. This lack of sleep will magnify the personality disorder. If anyone does not get enough sleep this can at some points become a psychosis. ...Read more

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I became dangerous and attacked others during a episode of psychosis, bipolar 1, and a.P.D. I am not a violent person. What causes me to be violent?

I became dangerous and attacked others during a episode of psychosis, bipolar 1, and a.P.D. I am not a violent person. What causes me to be violent?

Your conditions : With antisocial personality disorder you have little to no conscience. Add/adhd causes impulsivity, psychosis distorts reality, and bipolar disorder adds rage and aggression as well as an increase in goal directed behavior. This is a dangerous combination. Take your medication faithfully for your own sake and so that you don't wind up in prison, the largest collection of bipolar disorder patients in the country. ...Read more

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What causes psychosis?

What causes psychosis?

???????: That is the million dollar question. However, people with genertic preparedness can develop psychosis under stresss. also, certain meds and chemicals can increase the risk and at times precipitate psychosis. i.e. stimulants such as those used to treat ASHD, Cannabinoids increase the risk of psychosis by 700%... other street drugs may do so as well ...Read more

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What defines psychosis?

What defines psychosis?

Psychosis is: Essentially a break from reality. People can be come delusional, paranoid, hear and see things that others don't hear or see. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is florid psychosis?

What is florid psychosis?

Obvious psychosis: Florid psychosis usually means a period in which symptoms are glaringly obvious, such as hallucinations, illusions, and delusions. The individual often has flight of ideas, meaning he jumps from one topic to another irrationally. ...Read more

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Symptoms of a mental psychosis?

Symptoms of a mental psychosis?

Psychiosis: The symptoms of psychotic disturbance may include so called perceptual abnormalities, or hallucinations, which can be auditory, visual, tactile, gustatory and olfactory. Psychosis may also include becoming paranoid/delusional. ...Read more

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How might psychosis be disabling?

How might psychosis be disabling?

Many ways.: It can lead to confusion and lack of touch with reality. It is often accompanied by impairment in the areas of interpersonal relationships, recreation and work. In some cases it may lead to harm to self or others or one's inability to care for his or her self. ...Read more

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Could you describe psychosis to me?

Could you describe psychosis to me?

Yes: Psychosis is a mental health problems that stop the person from thinking clearly, telling the difference between reality and their imagination, and acting normally.
The two main symptoms:
•hallucinations – where a person hears, sees (and in some cases smells) things that are not really there;. In a delusion – a person believes things that, when examined rationally, are obviously untrue;. ...Read more

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What are tell-tale signs of psychosis?

What are tell-tale signs of psychosis?

Psychosis: Is a symptom of break from reality. Can occur in psychotic disorders, mood disorders and organic such as from effect of illicit substances or medications or medical illnesses. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Psychosis (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. Alan Ali
303 doctors shared insights

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


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