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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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Are auditory hallucinations a part of bipolar disorder?

Are auditory hallucinations a part of bipolar disorder?

Yes, they can be: There is psychotic mania and psychotic depression so yes, AH can be part of a severe bipolar episode. That person should seek professional help or go to the ER if they are a danger to self or others. ...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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What is diagnosis of schizoid personality disorder?

What is diagnosis of schizoid personality disorder?

I am an island: It's a long-term and unusual pattern of experience and behavior. People with this disorder tend to be detached from social relationships. When they're with others they may not show much emotion. They usually choose to be alone because they don't desire or enjoy close relationships. They don't tend to have close friends and may appear indifferent to praise or criticism. ...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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Possibility of misdiagnosing schizophrenia as schizotypal personality disorder ?

Possibility of misdiagnosing schizophrenia as schizotypal personality disorder ?

That might happen: If a person with a severe schizotypal personality disorder had decompensated into psychosis ; is only seen over a brief period of time. However, most providers avoid making a diagnosis until they are satisfied that diagnostic criteria have been met. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of personality disorder and paranoid schizophrenia?

What are symptoms of personality disorder and paranoid schizophrenia?

These are two big: questions. You might want to do your own research on each, as they are separate. Try psychologytoday.com. Try nimh.org. PSTY disorders are largely a group of non-psychotic, unlearned behaviors that result in chronic, characteristic maladaptive experiences. Paranoid Schizophrenia is a psychotic state. Symptoms are usually hallucinations/delusions of the grandiose or persecutory type. ...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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What are the main differences between a psychopath, sociopath, borderline personality disorder, and narcissistic personality disorder?

What are the main differences between a psychopath, sociopath, borderline personality disorder, and narcissistic personality disorder?

Major differences: Psychopath= a person who exploits others without concern for whether they are hurting the person (i.e. Not having a conscience) ("sociopath" is an outdated term for psychopath) borderline personality=is typically a long-standing set of traits that cause extreme and chronic relationship problems narcissistic personality=long-standing belief and acting that one is superior to others. ...Read more

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Are hallucinations and paranoia symptoms of borderline personality disorder?

Well...: Significant paranoia is found in paranoid personality disorder. Hallucinations may occur in a person with schizotypal personality disorder. When a person with a borderline personality disorder becomes really stressed they may start getting a little paranoid. Although hallucinations could occur when decompensated it is not usually a hallmark for this type of personality disorder. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of antisocial personality disorder?

What are the symptoms of antisocial personality disorder?

No consideration for: The rights of others which may manifest in situations that may be on the wrong side of the law. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of "antisocial personality disorder"? Same as sociopath?

Basically Same: The term "sociopath" is a description have used with people who have antisocial personality disorder. The hallmark of this disorder is a lack of regard or empathy for other people. This type of person will tend to use others only for personal gain and will tend to be calculating and callous in dealing with others. Episodes of aggression are often seen as well. ...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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Does all schizophrenia involve paranoia? Is paranoid schizophrenia a different condition than schizophrenia?

Does all schizophrenia involve paranoia? Is paranoid schizophrenia a different condition than schizophrenia?

No.: Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder that affects perception, cognition (thinking), emotion, communication & behavior. Different subtypes have been identified. The most salient symptoms of persons diagnosed w/ "paranoid" subtype are paranoia (thoughts about being persecuted by a person/group &/or about conspiracies) & hallucinations (typically hearing &/or seeing things that aren't there). ...Read more

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Dissociation disorder vs schizophrenia?

Dissociation disorder vs schizophrenia?

Very different!: Schizophrenia is a chronic psychotic illness. Dissociative disorders is a very different type of escape from reality that rarely involves psychosis. Treatment is also very different. ...Read more

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I show symptoms of antisocial personality disorder.

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I show symptoms of antisocial personality disorder.

Sociopath: Engaging in antisocial behaviors with no regards to safety of others, such as truancy, theft, criminal behaviors. ...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 is the difference between schizotypal personality disorder with psychosis and schizophrenia or delusional disorder?

Significant diff's: People with schizotypal personality are characterized by marked eccentricity in thought and behavior. Any additional psychosis is not felt to represent a primary psychotic disorder such as schizophrenia. The psychotic disorder is sometimes thought to be secondary outgrowth from the schizotypal personality disorder who has been stressed. Delusional disorder is simply an isolated delusion in the absence of a major psychosis such as schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is characterized by hallucinatory experiences, marked decrease in psychosocial function, and what are referred to as negative symptoms referring to the psycho social isolation that is experienced. ...Read more

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Is schizoaffective a form of schizophrenia?

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Is schizoaffective a form of schizophrenia?

Schizoaffective: It belongs to the schizophrenia spectrum disorders & other psychotic disorders, according to our upcoming diagnostic manual for mental illnesses. It shows abnormal moods along with distortions in perceptions, such as delusions/hallucinations. ...Read more

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Want explanation of "delusions of grandeur"?

Want explanation of "delusions of grandeur"?

False importance: Delusions are beliefs detached from a generally accepted "reality" as most people would define it. For example, a middle aged man thinks he is going to play for the seattle mariners, although he has never played baseball, or more extreme, a woman who believes she has been contacted by aliens to save the human race. Delusions are usually firmly held and not very amenable to change. ...Read more

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Psychopathology (Definition)

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