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Is there a link between toxoplasma gondii and mental diseases in patients without immunodepressive disorders?

Is there a link between toxoplasma gondii and mental diseases in patients without immunodepressive disorders?

Toxoplasmosis: Toxoplasmosis has been associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and schizophrenia. Numerous studies found a positive correlation between latent toxoplasmosis and suicidal behavior in humans. All humans who have had this disease, whether symptomatic or not, now have a living parasite in their brains, but do not get encephalitis unless immunodeficient. ...Read more

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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What medication can a person with petit mal epilepsy if they take Latuda (lurasidone) for their paranoid schizophrenia and autism?

What medication can a person with petit mal epilepsy if they take Latuda (lurasidone) for their paranoid schizophrenia and autism?

Oooh, good question: The two most commonly prescribed meds for absence (petit mal) epilepsy are ethosuximide and valproate. Both interact with Latuda (lurasidone) by an additive effect of psychomotor retardation (dullness) and risk of depression. This can be managed by slow ramp-up of drugs, clear information of what to look for, and input from famiily/friends about overall function. With dose adjustments both may be managed. ...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 do OCD and schizophrenia with paranoid delusions differ?

How do OCD and schizophrenia with paranoid delusions differ?

Very different: Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and often disabling brain disorder with psychotic symptoms like hallucinations, delusions, and thought disorder. Depending on treatment, people may or may not be able to hold jobs or relate well to others. Ocd is an anxiety disorder, and is not psychotic. It's characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive, ritualized behaviors. Both can be treated. ...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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What is psychomotor retardation in an adult with Paranoid Schizophrenia and Depression mean? Does it mean Schizophrenia with Mental Retardation?

What is psychomotor retardation in an adult with Paranoid Schizophrenia and Depression mean? Does it mean Schizophrenia with Mental Retardation?

Psychomotor: Psychomotor retardation or impairment is the visible slowing of physical activity such as movement or speech. Psychomotor retardation can be seen in many mental health disorders including schizophrenia and depression. It is not to be confused with mental retardation which is intellectual disability or cognitive impairment. ...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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What symptoms are different in schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder? Is one a disease of the brain, other disorder?

What symptoms are different in schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder? Is one a disease of the brain, other disorder?

Both brain disease: Both of these illnesses are "brain diseases, " and both have psychotic symptoms such as delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, thought disorder, etc. Schizoaffective patients also have mood dysregulation, but pure schizophrenics don't. Treatment for schizophrenia may be antipsychotics alone; schizoaffective people also need mood stabilizing agents. They may deal with mania & depression, + psychosis. ...Read more

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How is someone with AIDS affected by toxo and crypto?

How is someone with AIDS affected by toxo and crypto?

Adversely: If you mean toxoplamosis and cryptosporidiosis it can produce severe and difficult to manage diarrhea in immune suppressed individuals. ...Read more

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In what ways are schizophrenia and bipolar disorder related to substance abuse? Why?

In what ways are schizophrenia and bipolar disorder related to substance abuse? Why?

Research has shown..: Schizophrenia seems to be linked to cigarette smoking substance abuse because the nicotine affects the nerves in the auditory processing centers of the brain and may reduce the feelings of hearing voices inside the head. ...Read more

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How are autism and schizophrenia different?

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How are autism and schizophrenia different?

Communication.: Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by a breakdown of thought process and by lack of emotional response.It is accompanied by significant social and occupational dysfunction.Typically occurs in young adulthood. Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and verbal and nonverbal communication.Symptoms becomes apparent before 3 yrs of age. ...Read more

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Why does spinal toxoplasmosis cause dysesthesias and mental illness?

Connexion: Spine is connected to brain. Even though the lesion is in spine, it can extend its menifestations to extend the whole central nervous system. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms that both bipolar 1 and schizophrenia share?

What are the symptoms that both bipolar 1 and schizophrenia share?

They both share: rapid mood swings. Otherwise they have little in common other than the fact that many who have them are still stigmatized by society. Most people with bipolar disorder function relatively well in normal society and manage to cope with their mood swings, even if they don’t always keep on their prescribed medications.Many people with schizophrenia go off medications and end up homeless. ...Read more

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What's acute schizophrenia, undifferentiated schizophrenia and simple schizophrenia? Is there a difference? Are they the same? The symptoms?

What's acute schizophrenia, undifferentiated schizophrenia and simple schizophrenia? Is there a difference? Are they the same? The symptoms?

BOTTOM LINE: A psychiatrist is in a position to evaluate and prescribe medication (usually necessary) and other modalities. Psychosis needs help. If you're asking about someone else, talk with the treating therapist and try to become part of the process. ...Read more

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What are delusions that people with schizophrenia have?

What are delusions that people with schizophrenia have?

A wide range: Delusions associated with schizophrenia can cover the gamut from believing one has superpowers (reading minds, influencing world events, being invulnerable) to fears of persecution (others reading your mind, having devices implanted in the body for various purposes, being made fun of on tv) to grandiose ideas of being sent to save the world or protect it from some specific danger. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of OCD and paranoid personality disorder?

What are the signs and symptoms of OCD and paranoid personality disorder?

OCD/Paranoid: Ocd is an anxiety disorder characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Paranoid personality disorder involves a chronic, pervasive pattern of behaviors including distrust and suspicion, belief they are being deceived or exploited by others, emotionally guarded, angry, looking for hidden meanings or slights in conversations. ...Read more

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What to do if I have paranoid schizophrenia and major depression in one making me schizoaffective depressive type ..What are the symptoms?

What to do if I have paranoid schizophrenia and major depression in one making me schizoaffective depressive type ..What are the symptoms?

Schizoaffective: The symptoms of schizoaffective disorder include what are called positive symptoms such as hallucinations or delusions. The person they hear the room thoughts as being spoken aloud outside their head. The hallucinations tend to be auditory in nature so that the person hears voices talking at them but not with them inside their mind. The person they feel that they can magically read other people's thoughts or the others can magically insert thoughts into their mind or steal thoughts from their mind. They may feel as if the tv or radio are talking about them. The depressive symptoms include insomnia, sadness, feeling depressed, being suicidal, feeling hopeless hopeless worthless or guilty and having a decreasedsex drive. It is also possible to have excessive sleepiness. Appetite may go up or down causing weight gain or weight loss.If you feel like you are suffering from this, it is imperative that you see your family doctor for a physicalexam toexclude physical causes and then to see a psychiatristfor a medication evaluation and diagnostic evaluation. Additionally psychotherapy could be quite helpful.Some of my colleagues may add in other forms of treatment that are also used in this condition. ...Read more

Dr. Monica Shah
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Toxoplasmosis (Definition)

An infection caused by the parasite toxoplasma gondii. It is found in various animals and birds, but the primary hosts of ...Read more