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Is this schizophrenia if somebody keeps talking about the government, I mean all the time, really?

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Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry
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In brief: Paranoid Delusions?

Paranoid delusions are often seen as a symptom in schizophrenia.
A person talking non-stop about the government may just be exercising their first amendment right. This is a good example where a single symptom does not define a disorder or make a diagnosis. You may be annoyed by this individual, but there are other necessary details required before we can diagnose schizophrenia.

In brief: Paranoid Delusions?

Paranoid delusions are often seen as a symptom in schizophrenia.
A person talking non-stop about the government may just be exercising their first amendment right. This is a good example where a single symptom does not define a disorder or make a diagnosis. You may be annoyed by this individual, but there are other necessary details required before we can diagnose schizophrenia.
Dr. Robert Woods
Dr. Robert Woods
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Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry

In brief: Not Necessarily

It could be difficult to make a distinction, but there are plenty of people with all kinds of ideas about the government who do not have schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia would require bizarre ideas that someone continues to believe, despite clear evidence to the contrary. In addition, there would hallucinations. Eccentric and obsessive ideas could be seen, but are not enough to make the diagnosis.

In brief: Not Necessarily

It could be difficult to make a distinction, but there are plenty of people with all kinds of ideas about the government who do not have schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia would require bizarre ideas that someone continues to believe, despite clear evidence to the contrary. In addition, there would hallucinations. Eccentric and obsessive ideas could be seen, but are not enough to make the diagnosis.
Dr. William Holmes
Dr. William Holmes
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