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

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: 3 subtypes

There are 3 distinct subtypes of schizophrenia: paranoid, disorganized, and undifferentiated.
Paranoid schizophrenia is predominantly so called positive symptoms including hallucinations and persecutory delusions. Disorganized refers to thought process which is disconnected and undifferentiated is predominantly negative symptoms such as flat affect, poor socialization, and lack of spontaneity.

In brief: 3 subtypes

There are 3 distinct subtypes of schizophrenia: paranoid, disorganized, and undifferentiated.
Paranoid schizophrenia is predominantly so called positive symptoms including hallucinations and persecutory delusions. Disorganized refers to thought process which is disconnected and undifferentiated is predominantly negative symptoms such as flat affect, poor socialization, and lack of spontaneity.
Dr. John Moranville
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Dr. Daryl Tanski
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Terminology

Paranoia is a common but not always present symptom of schizophrenia.
Old terminology used to subtype schizophrenia into paranoid and others. This approach has been recently abandoned

In brief: Terminology

Paranoia is a common but not always present symptom of schizophrenia.
Old terminology used to subtype schizophrenia into paranoid and others. This approach has been recently abandoned
Dr. Daryl Tanski
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is of several different types, with paranoid schizophrenia being only one of them. These types are diagnosed according to which symptoms are most prominent.
With the paranoid type, there are prominent delusions and/or hallucinations about persecution, harm, or conspiracy. People with this type of schizophrenia may be better able function in society than the other types.

In brief: Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is of several different types, with paranoid schizophrenia being only one of them. These types are diagnosed according to which symptoms are most prominent.
With the paranoid type, there are prominent delusions and/or hallucinations about persecution, harm, or conspiracy. People with this type of schizophrenia may be better able function in society than the other types.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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