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Question?: Schizophrenia Symptoms

Carol asks…

How do you differentiate between negative symptoms of schizophrenia and depression?

Is it possible for someone who has been suffering long term from depression (17 years) to be actually suffering from negative symptoms of schizophrenia?

The person concerned does not have hallucinations, visual or auditor . Has never had them.

admin answers:

I never heard of anyone being diagnosed with schizophrenia without having hallucinations or delusions (the positive symptoms).

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Question?: Schizophrenia Types

Jenny asks…

What distinguishes schizophrenia from other types of mental illness?

admin answers:

Schizophrenia like Bi-Polar or Uni-Polar are diseases just like diabetes or heart disease. They are caused by disruptions of the brain chemicals and the neurotransmitters. Schizophrenia is different because it causes one to have hallucinations, hear voices in their heads and sometimes paranoia that has to be treated.

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Question?: Schizophrenia

Mary asks…

What is the difference between schizophrenia and schizoaffective?

My doctor changed it to just schizophrenia since I mainly only get depressed in the winter.
The way my boyfriend interrupted it was that schizoaffective is where you have psychosis and a mood disorder and at times, you don’t have any psychosis while your mood disorder episode is happening or can happen. But schizophrenia is when your hallucinations are there 100% of the time.

So what is the difference? He is right?

admin answers:

No.
Schizophrenia means that you have at least 2 of the five diagnostic criteria without having a mood episode. Technically, schizophrenia cannot be diagnosed if there is a mood disorder present.
Schizoaffective means that you have mood episodes, and at least 1 of the diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia, and that symptom sometimes occurs not during a mood episode. So you are not depressed, but still psychotic sometimes.

But generally, schizophrenia is diagnosed when someone’s psychotic symptoms are more severe than the depressive symptoms. If the mood symptoms and the pscyhosis are about equal, then schizoaffective is diagnosed.

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Question?: Schizophrenia Types

Mark asks…

What is the distinguishing factor between catatonic schizophrenia and the other types of schizophrenia?

admin answers:

Catatonic schizophrenia is most defined by the movement or speech of the individual. People with catatonic schizophrenia can vary between two extremes…too much movement or too little. This can manifest as rigid posturing held for hours or even days at a time, or on the opposite extreme it can manifest as too much movement that seemingly has no purpose…such as pacing or other repetitive movements. People with catatonic schizophrenia may also talk very little or talk very fast…or speech may not be affected.

Paranoid schizophrenia is characterized by the prevalence of hallucinations and delusions of persecution. They often believe that there are conspiracies against them or that people are trying to hurt them. Movement and speech problems can still occur but with much less frequency or severity.

Disorganized schizophrenia is characterized by a problem in speech or actions. People with this type may dress in a manner that does not appear to make sense or is bizarre (such as wearing several coats in the summer). Or, their speech may be affected in a manner that causes them to talk in a pattern that is hard to follow or with words that seem to be out of order. They may jump from topic to topic without others being able to find a connection between the topics.

Undifferentiated schizophrenia is diagnosed when people exhibit symptoms common in the other types. For example, being paranoid, having hallucinations, and having very disorganized speech. Or having hallucinations and rigid posturing.

But really the distinguishing factor with catatonic schizophrenia is the pattern of movement…be it too little or too much.

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Question?: Schizophrenia Types

Daniel asks…

Different types of schizophrenia, can anyone help?

Can anybody explain in a little bit of detail what the detail is between normal schizophrenia and catanoic (think that’s how you spell it :S) schizophrenia.
And does anyone know if there are anymore types of schizophrenia?
Thanks, and help would be great 🙂

admin answers:

The three main types are paranoid, disorganized, and catatonic. All three of them involve psychosis of some kind, but they have completely different symptoms other than the psychosis. It is, however, a very complex illness and it is possible to have any combination of symptoms, but it has been defined into three main categories.

Paranoid schizophrenia involves the person having paranoid delusions that somebody is trying to harm them in some way. They often have odd beliefs that interfere with their life significantly, such as believing that somebody is trying to poison them so they may only eat food that they prepared. They sometimes have ideas of reference (irrational belief that some event unrelated to the individual has some special meaning directed specifically at the individual). This type is considered to have the most hallucinations.

Disorganized schizophrenia is when the person has extremely disorganized thought patterns which disrupt their life severely. They often cannot complete difficult tasks and some individuals aren’t even able to feed themselves. Their speech is often incoherent and they have difficulty communicating with people. Other common symptoms include loss of emotion, anhedonnia (inability to experience pleasure), and avolition (loss of motivation). Disorganized schizophrenics have a difficult time caring for them self and some patients who have it severely must live with a caretaker.

Catatonic schizophrenia causes the person to have problems with their motor skills which can produce a variety of symptoms. A common symptom is the tendency to sit in one position for hours on end and stare off to space seemingly unaware of the environment around them. They also may exhibit waxy flexibility (if somebody moves a part of their body they will keep that position regardless of how uncomfortable it is) and can sometimes mimic the actions of others. They also may have frequent random and purposeless movements that seem to have no external stimulation.

There are two other less common subtypes known as undifferentiated and residual types. The undifferentiated type is when a person has psychotic symptoms, but they don’t meet the criteria to be diagnosed with the any of the three main types. The residual type is when positive symptoms (symptoms that are added that the person does not normally experience such as hallucinations, delusions, etc.) are present, but are at a low intensity.

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Question?: Schizophrenia Definition

David asks…

Did anyone else notice that religious people fit the definition for schizophrenia remarkably well?

How about some serious discussion on this,mixed with opinions from some of the faithful (just for laughs)…
Please make use of the dictionary before you respond…and don’t let the name get your chemistry going before you look at this with a little logic.
Think of me as neutral for just this one time.This is a serious question.
Angry little flockers,aren’t you?
Oh well,I tried.
Perhaps I will again,with a little more effort.Sometime when I am a little less tired.
CHARMSTER:
Straight from your response;
“Delusions – false beliefs of persecution, guilt or grandeur or being under outside control.
Hallucinations – most commonly involving hearing voices. Other less common experiences can include seeing, feeling, tasting or smelling things which to the person are real but which are not actually there.”
-WAY OFF? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!

admin answers:

Your user names is Satan
So you seem to be attaching yourself into a religious group as well. At least I can say I’m neutral and in spirit so to say. So tell me what force drove you to ask this question? How could the common public actually give a true diagnosis for schizophrenia through the thought process brought on by your question?? Bla Bla Bla I’m not about to not answer this! Yes religious people of any religion I think would be categorized as so. It is cool our world has all these names for different disorders we carry among us! I would possess many if I diagnosed myself.

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Question?: Schizophrenia Causes

Laura asks…

Is there evidence yet on what causes schizophrenia?

The big theory is that it is caused by genetics and the environment, but what are the percentages?
And how exactly is it caused by the environment? Or is it purely due to stress from childbirth?

admin answers:

Schizophrenia is a chemical imbalance in the brain that causes the patient to suffer from uncontrolled delusions and hallucinations.
This chemical imbalance is controlled with daily medication that has to be regulated for a lifetime.
Compare this to diabetes, which is a biochemical imbalance within the metabolic system of the body. It, too has to be regulated with medication and diet for a lifetime. Schizophrenia is the same thing.

There is a very strong genetic tendency toward this illness but still, not much is known about it because money for medical research mostly goes to cancer research instead of mental health research. But the medications have come a long, long way these days and are more easily tolerated and more effective than ever before.
Oddly, identical twins may have one who develops schizophrenia and the other does not. And consider the fact that the two are genetically identical. And so this baffles science. However, it is believed that schizophrenia is not a primary inherited disorder.
Good question.

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Question?: Schizophrenia In Children

Mark asks…

Schizophrenia in children?

My 8 year old has just been diagnosed with boderline schizophrenia and we are stationed in Germany right now….has anyone else gone through this or can offer in advice on how to deal with punishment and rewards and tips on what may come? Thank you so much!!

admin answers:

You definitely want to keep things very structured. There are two common characteristics with schizophrenia (other than delusions and hallucinations)- disorganization and cognitive (processing) deficits. So, you need to stick to a regular routine and make sure that whatever punishment-reward system you use is simple and consistent. People with schizophrenia often have a difficult understanding consequences, so I imagine that it is much worse for children.
Talk to a psychologist or even check out some books at the library about setting up a system that is appropriate for your child.

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Question?: Schizophrenia Definition

Maria asks…

what is the definition of schizophrenia?

in people’s terms. what are the signs of it?

admin answers:

Depression (lack of motivation-emotionless)
hallucinations (voices)
delusions
disordered thinking (doesn’t make sense)
bizarre or disorganized behavior

There are three types of schizophrenia so the symptoms may differ between them.

Paranoid schizophrenia causes unreasonable fears due to misinterpretations of what is going on around you.

Catatonic schizophrenia causes peculiar behaviors such as standing in an awkward position for long periods of time.

Disorganized schizophrenia causes unusual speech and behavior, such as making up words or constantly rhyming words.

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Question?: Schizophrenia Medication

Joseph asks…

Can a person live with schizophrenia without medication?

Schizophrenia runs in my family, and I’m starting to hallucinate..at least I think I am. I see flashes in the corner of my eyes every day. I sometimes see things that aren’t there, rarely, and sometimes I hear things, rarely though. If this is early signs of schizophrenia, could I live with it without medication? Because I know these are hallucinations and not real.

admin answers:

If the symptoms are mild and you can still function well enough in your work, school or other daily activities, you might be able to go without medication.

If the symptoms get worse, to where it really impairs your ability to function, you will probably have to be on medication.

Quite honestly, almost everybody with this diagnosis needs to be on medication.

The vitamins and colon cleansing aren’t really going to help.

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