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Is schizoaffective disorder schizophrenia?

Is schizoaffective disorder schizophrenia?

No: By definition, there is a difference. Schizophrenia is characterized by psychosis which is when a person experiences hallucinations and/or delusions. A mood component is not part of such a clinical picture. Schizoaffective d/o is when a person has a major mood disorder and has also had periods of psychosis during times when they had no disturbance of their mood. There's bipolar & depressed types. ...Read more

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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 paranoid schizophrenia lead to catatonic schizophrenia?

Can paranoid schizophrenia lead to catatonic schizophrenia?

Not exactly: One individual may have sx characteristic of more than one "type" of schizophrenia. Many people have sx that do not fit exactly into one or another "type". ...Read more

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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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Is psychotic depression lifelong?

Is psychotic depression lifelong?

See below: You're always at risk for re-occurrence of symptoms. If managed well with medication and psychotherapy, you definitely might return to a previous level of functioning. Stay medication compliant; while in remission, you should work on sx awareness and crisis management as well as figuring out what precipitated your sx in a first place. Good luck! ...Read more

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Could depressive psychosis / psychois depression cured?

Could depressive psychosis / psychois depression cured?

Yes, treatment helps: Yes, there are effective treatments for psychotic depression. For the most effective help, work with a psychiatrist who can fully evaluate all your symptoms and prescribe the best medications. Also psychotherapy is an essential part of treatment for depression as well. ...Read more

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Whats psychotic depression?

Whats psychotic depression?

Rare but possible: Rarely, a clinical depressive episode is so severe that low mood is accompanied by psychosis, often seen as a loss of reality with derogating auditory hallucinations, paranoia and sometimes suicidal thoughts. This is treatable, but needs to be dealt with immediately by seeing a psychiatrist. If in danger of harming self or others, then first seek care at the emergency room or call 911. ...Read more

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Can haldol (haloperidol) cure histrionic personality disorder?

Can haldol (haloperidol) cure histrionic personality disorder?

Personality disorder: That would be best to ask a doctor or psychiatrist who is prescribing haldol--a discussion of what the Haldol (haloperidol) is being used to treat would be very educational, if one doesn't know already. Personality disorders can be treated with medication if indicated by a doctor. However, personality disorders are long-standing, and aren't cured with medications. ...Read more

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Are hallucinations and paranoia symptoms of borderline personality disorder?

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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Are mental illnesses narcissistic personality disorder and psychotic depression related to one another?

It can happen: The 2 conditions are not directly related. But narcissistic personality-disordered people can become very depressed -- sometimes even psychotically so. This may happen due to perceived failures in empathy, to which they are exquisitely sensitive. Rather than being a little hurt and getting over it like less impaired people might, an npd person may lose his/her entire feeling of self-hood. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia different than bipolar disorder?

Is schizophrenia different than bipolar disorder?

Schizophrenia &: Bipolar disorder are completely different disorders. Bipolar is a mood disorder with periods of depression & mania (excessive exuberance & unproductive energy). Schizophrenia is a thought disorder primarily including hallucinations, delusions & disorganized thinking & speech. Schizophrenia can include flat emotions, inability to experience pleasure & lack of motivation similar to depression. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia and dementia related?

Is schizophrenia and dementia related?

Brain disorders both: one does not cause the other but they can co-exist, or if you have one you could have symptoms that resemble the other. For instance, patient with end stage dementia could have psychosis, but it is not schizophrenia. Likewise, a person with schizophrenia could have trouble remembering things, resembling dementia. ...Read more

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Dementia, schizophrenia, hellucination, how do they related?

Dementia, schizophrenia, hellucination, how do they related?

Clarification needed: If the person has chronic psychiatric illness involving schizophrenia, then the down the road, this person may develop dementia due to functional and cognitive decline. There are times when this person may develop hallucinations. If the person never has all three conditions, you may need a psychiatric consultation as well geriatric consultation so that the quality of life can be improve. ...Read more

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Is schizoaffective disorder a psychosis?

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Is schizoaffective disorder a psychosis?

Schizoaffective: It belongs to the schizophrenia spectrum disorders & other psychotic disorders, according to our upcoming diagnostic manual for mental illnesses. ...Read more

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Can lamictal treat bipolar psychosis/hallucinations?

Can lamictal treat bipolar psychosis/hallucinations?

Not first line: While Lamictal can be very beneficial for bipolar disease, it is not first line for psychosis, Pleasespeak to your prescribing physician about your symptoms and ask for further guidance and management. ...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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Is Lewy bodies dementia terminal?

Is Lewy bodies dementia  terminal?

BUT, Rx available: Dopamine meds for physical parkinsonism: Azilect (mao-b selective inhibitor) & sinemet +/- Comtan (stalevo (carbidopa and levodopa and entacapone) is both together). Tailor rx watching for side effects. Avoid Dopamine agonists (requip xl/mirapex er/neupro)--too side effect prone for lewy body patients. For dementia: namenda, paired with Exelon patch or aricept. For psychosis: seroquel or even clozaril. For excess sleepiness: nuvigil. ...Read more

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How successful is Abilify (aripiprazole) in managing schizophrenia / schizoaffective disorder with jealousy type delusions?

How successful is Abilify (aripiprazole) in managing schizophrenia / schizoaffective disorder with jealousy type delusions?

Good: Abilify (aripiprazole) is an excellent medication. However, as good as any medication is it must be matched with a persons medical condition, diagnosis, and symptoms. This is a discussion which you should have with your doctor who knows these things about you. ...Read more

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Are visual hallucinations a schizophrenic symptom?

Are visual hallucinations a schizophrenic symptom?

Yes: While for many with schizophrenia, auditory hallucinations (hearing voices) is most common, visual hallucinations are also common and can occur in people with schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Is there neurotic and psychotic depression?

Is there neurotic and psychotic depression?

These are old terms.: But, yes, depression can occur with or without psychotic symptoms. And neurotic depression referred to several things like less severe depression or chronic depression. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dementia (Definition)

A brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. The most common form of dementia among older ...Read more