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Doctor insights on: Prevalence Of Schizophrenia

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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


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Is most of our prison population guys with antisocial personality disorder?

Is most of our prison population guys with antisocial personality disorder?

No: Most are of limited intelligence, easily swayed by their confreres to engage in illegal activity. Many are victims of outrageous anti-drug laws which in fact promote the use of drugs rather than helping the victims. A few are there by accident. A small group indeed are sociopaths, with no consciences however these folks are frequently very intelligent and avoid capture. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of autism spectrum disorder in teens?

What are the common symptoms of autism spectrum disorder in teens?

Multiple impairments: Autism is a disorder that involves qualitative impairment in several different realms including things such as impaired use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye to eye gaze, , failure to develop peer relationships appropriate to developmental level, lack of social reciprocity. Also impairments in communication, restricted repetitive behaviors, etc.. Look to dsm4tr for more details. ...Read more

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Are delusions of grandeur linked to mental disorder?

Are delusions of grandeur linked to mental disorder?

Yes: Delusions of grandeur can be part of several mental disorders, such as mania, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder. Delusions are fixed, false beliefs that do not budge even when confronted with contradicting information. So, these show lack of reality contact -- a cardinal sign of mental disorder. ...Read more

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Is lack of conscience one of the symptoms of Asperger syndrome?

Is lack of conscience one of the symptoms of Asperger syndrome?

It is not: Aspies don't understand other people or why their odd behavior often provokes such bad reactions. By contrast, a sociopath is indifferent to the feelings of others and may get pleasure from making others unhappy. Aspies are educable and often grateful -- a treated aspie looks back with regret ; is often eager to do good for others. You can't reach a sociopath. ...Read more

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What percent of people in the developed world suffer from sleep disorders?

What percent of people in the developed world suffer from sleep disorders?

Huge: Sleep apnea is common and affects millions.Insomnia is also all too commond. Most of these disorders are in fact diet related because high calorie malnutrition is widespread. ...Read more

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Are patients with multiple personality disorder (mpd) aware of the existence of their different personalities?

Are patients with multiple personality disorder (mpd) aware of the existence of their different personalities?

Sometimes: There are cases where some of the personalities may be aware of the others but, as a general rule, persons with dissociative identity disorder (the clinical name for mpd) aren't aware of the different personalities within their psyche. Similarly, they are often not aware of what they are doing when the different personalities are controlling their actions, which can often be very frightening! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of childhood bipolar disorder?

What are the symptoms of childhood bipolar disorder?

Officially? None.: It is not in the dsm. I'm glad, but some think it should be and that the symptoms are similar to adult but are marked by more rapid mood swings, hyperactivity and irritability. The highs and lows are intense and can be dangerous. These symptoms must also cause significant distress in the child, occur in more than just one setting -at school and at home- and last for at least 2 weeks. ...Read more

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What are some types of mental illnesses? Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder?

What are some types of mental illnesses? Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder?

DSM: There is a huge, thick book called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders which will give you each and every one. ...Read more

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Are people of every age at risk for dissociative disorder?

No: Dissociation is a defense that generally starts due to trauma before age 5. It is impossible to create a person with a dissociative disorder after the age of 16, and likely 13. ...Read more

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Is some form of clinical depression inherited?

Is some form of clinical depression inherited?

Yes: Depression is the result of biopsychosocial factors. Genetics, environment, and your own temperament all play a role. ...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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What's the incidence of degenerative developmental disabilities?

What's the incidence of degenerative developmental disabilities?

Rate of disable. : Theoretically, 100% people get disabled due to degenerative process if people live long enough. However, for those who are less than retired age, injury or medical disorder should not mean disabled, especially chronic degenerative process. It is possible for temporally disabled and should be able to return to work after treatment or after modified work load or type. ...Read more

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What percentage of americans suffer from sleep disorders?

What percentage of americans suffer from sleep disorders?

1 in 5: Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder and affects many people at some time in their life. Persistent insomnia affects about 8% of the population. Sleep apnea is becoming more common and unfortunately most people have not been diagnosed. It probably affects 10% of the adult population. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder for adults?

What are the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder for adults?

Autism in adults: Adults have difficulty maintaining work or social relations ships as they cannot stay focused. Some jos that involve no interpersonal skills are greatly performed. ...Read more

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What kinds of traits are symptoms of borderline personality disorder?

What kinds of traits are symptoms of borderline personality disorder?

Emotional volitility: 1. Fear of abandonment 2. Intense and unstable relationships 3. Unstable and changeable self concept 4. Impulsive behavior 5. Threats of harm to self or others 6. Emotional overreaction. ...Read more

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What are the key features of catatonic schizophrenia?

What are the key features of catatonic schizophrenia?

Inability to move: The key feature of catatonia, which actually occurs in more than schizophrenia, is the inability to move at times. The person can stay still in one posture for hours at a time, leading to an inability to eat or perform other activities of daily living. There are also cases of "agitated catatonia" in which the person moves around in an agitated state doing motions that are purposeless. ...Read more

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What are the childhood signs of schizophrenia appeared in adulthood?

What are the childhood signs of schizophrenia appeared in adulthood?

Not diagnostic: When schizophrenia is diagnosed in a teenage or adult, in retrospect one may reflect that their personality seemed a little off compared to siblings, especially socially. I have experience with 4: two seemed completely normal until mid teens, the other 2 avoided eye contact, had tactile sensitivity, and seemed anxious, sx seen with pervasive devel dis, or ASD. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/childhood-schizophrenia/basics/symptoms/CON-20029260 ...Read more

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Describe the features of bipolar disorder.?

Describe the features of bipolar disorder.?

Depression & mania: Formerly "manic depression, " bipolar disorder includes periods of major depression, & other periods of mania or hypomania. Although there is a "mixed" type where these periods overlap, most bipolar disorder has long & separate times of either low or high mood, making it different than short-term "mood swings". Meds usually treat bipolar well. For lots of good info, see: http://tinyurl.Com/c2qry8. ...Read more

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