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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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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

A mental disorder with positive, negative, and cognitive symptoms. A person with positive symptoms loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative symptoms: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of everyday functions; losing motivation; the inability to carry out plans in isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...Read more


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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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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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How is brief psychotic disorder different from schizophrenia?

How is brief psychotic disorder different from schizophrenia?

Deterioration: Brief psychoses are just that - brief. Psychotic episodes in schizophrenia cause deterioration mentally and lead to diminished functioning over time.That loss does not come back for the most part especially without psychiatric care. Brief psychotic disorders by definition have a beginning and end and don't often cause the kind of functional deterioration that psychosis in schizophrenia does. ...Read more

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Do bipolar people experience psychotic symptoms like hearing voices?

Do bipolar people experience psychotic symptoms like hearing voices?

Acronym "BPD": Acronyms can be confusing, as people might use "bpd" to indicate either borderline personality disorder or bipolar disorder. I'll answer about borderline pd -- which can indeed periodically experience psychotic symptoms like hearing voices, paranoia, and delusions. Hallucinations can arise in the context of intense pain such as abandonment depression -- but aren't usually sustained over time. ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are schizophrenia and disorganized schizophrenia?

What are schizophrenia and disorganized schizophrenia?

Types: Schizophrenia is divided into types based on the symptoms that are most prominent such as paranoid, disorganized, undifferentiated catatonic and residual type. Disorganized type is characterized by speech and behavior that are disorganized or difficult to understand. They also have inappropriate emotions such as laughing for no reason.Their disorganized behavior can impair their ability to function. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia a worse form of depression with psychotic features?

Is schizophrenia a worse form of depression with psychotic features?

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 more

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I show symptoms of antisocial personality disorder.

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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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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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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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