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Question?: Schizophrenia Test

George asks…

How would a doctor or psychiatrist test you for schizophrenia?

admin answers:

Diagnosis of any mental disorder utilizes observations by the doctor, questions of the patient by the doctor, feedback from others who know the patient, psychological testing, family history, family health history. Schizophrenia diagnosis is difficult to make and would probably take the doctor pulling together all this information and interviewing the patient on several occasions. Sometime doctors figure out difficult diagnoses by the patient’s response to common medications used to treat depression or anxiety.

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Question?: Schizophrenia

Nancy asks…

What is the difference between Schizophrenia and SchizoAffective Disorder?

I have been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, Schizophrenia, and Schizoaffective disorder? According to my neuropsychological evaluation, they only found Asperger’s disorder and Schizoaffective disorder? Does that mean I was given a false diagnosis of Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia shows two personalities. Schizoaffective disorder does not. How many personalities does schizoaffective disorder show?

admin answers:

Let’s get a few facts straight here before everyone goes off even more confused than before.

Schizophrenia is not about more than 1 personality at all. Never has been either. That would be what was called MPD multiple personality disorder that has been renamed DID dissociative identity disorder. People with DID can have dozens of personalities.

The schizophrenia diagnosis has many different sub-types the most well known and common being paranoid. Thus you must have had symptoms of this to be diagnosed at first.

It’s not always easy to make a hard diagnosis at first. If they then see evidence of a mood disorder they may rethink the diagnosis. If you had depression and separate schizophrenia that would be fine but then some showing these symptoms take a manic episode or even a hypomanic one indicating bipolar symptoms. Schizoaffective is where someone has a mood disorder as well as the schizophrenic symptoms. It’s not always easy to spot the difference. That is why they tend to treat symptoms rather than diagnosis.

I can’t understand why any psychiatrist would say you had schizophrenia or schizoaffective without explaining it to you at the time of telling you this.

It’s not an easy thing to live with so good luck in finding the right medications to treat this.

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