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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 Types

Mark asks…

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

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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 Types

Michael asks…

How many different types of Schizophrenia are there?

I’d like a name and a little bit description, thank you. Unless there are hundreds. Then don’t bother.

Thank you!

admin answers:

Look up schizophrenia at mayoclinic.com. Paranoid, hebephrenic, simple, catatonic, undifferentiated, and in remission. Also look up the difference between acute and chronic.

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Question?: Schizophrenia Types

Thomas asks…

What are the different types of schizophrenia?

I wanted to know if i had it but i didnt know what the different types were thanks by the way this is a serious question so no fake answers

admin answers:

There is:

? Catatonic.
? Residual.
? Disorganized.
? Paranoid.
? Undifferentiated.

Http://www.webmd.com/schizophrenia/guide/schizophrenia-types

Use that information to better acquaint yourself with the different types of schizophrenia. You can simply type in “types of schizophrenia” to receive more information about the topic.

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Question?: Schizophrenia Types

Joseph asks…

What types of schizophrenia is there?

I found out that this girl that I know is schizophrenic, but she takes pills which make her “normal”. I’ve never noticed anything odd about her except that she’s quiet. I always thought it made people see things or hear voices, which I’m sure I can blame TV for. Is there “minor” cases of schizophrenia, and can it escalate as you age?

admin answers:

Yes, there are minor cases of schizophrenia. It normally does get a little worse as you age, an example of this is younger children can show a couple of symptoms but a diagnosis is normally not made until about age 17+. Though, symptoms do not normally show until late adolescence / early adulthood. Schizophrenia is defined as ‘a mental disorder characterized by abnormalities in the perception or expression of reality’. I always thought of it as not being able to tell the difference between reality and dreams. The types are

Paranoid Schizophrenia:
The defining feature of the paranoid subtype is the presence of auditory hallucinations or prominent delusional thoughts about persecution or conspiracy. However, people with this subtype may be more functional in their ability to work and engage in relationships than people with other subtypes of schizophrenia.

Disorganized Schizophrenia:
As the name implies, this subtype’s predominant feature is disorganization of the thought processes. As a rule, hallucinations and delusions are less pronounced, although there may be some evidence of these symptoms. These people may have significant impairments in their ability to maintain the activities of daily living. Even the more routine tasks, such as dressing, bathing or brushing teeth, can be significantly impaired or lost.
Often, there is impairment in the emotional processes of the individual. For example, these people may appear emotionally unstable, or their emotions may not seem appropriate to the context of the situation. They may fail to show ordinary emotional responses in situations that evoke such responses in healthy people.

Catatonic Schizophrenia:
The predominant clinical features seen in the catatonic subtype involve disturbances in movement. Affected people may exhibit a dramatic reduction in activity, to the point that voluntary movement stops, as in catatonic stupor. Alternatively, activity can dramatically increase, a state known as catatonic excitement.
Other disturbances of movement can be present with this subtype. Actions that appear relatively purposeless but are repetitively performed, also known as stereotypic behavior, may occur, often to the exclusion of involvement in any productive activity.

Residual Schizophrenia:
This subtype is diagnosed when the patient no longer displays prominent symptoms. In such cases, the schizophrenic symptoms generally have lessened in severity. Hallucinations, delusions or idiosyncratic behaviors may still be present, but their manifestations are significantly diminished in comparison to the acute phase of the illness.

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Question?: Schizophrenia Types

Betty asks…

Are INTP’s more prone to getting depression and schizophrenia than other personality types?

I was searching on the Internet and saw some article saying something about people who have the INTP personality type are more prone to depression and schizophrenia. I am an INTP and get depressed easily. So if you know anything about INTP and personality traits and their weaknesses then please reply.

admin answers:

Sounds like horse hockey to me. You are putting way too much into what is not meant to be a categorical medical tool. The Meyers Briggs tool is a dimensional description intended to assist people in finding jobs. It will not define you as a person, no matter how hard some talking head says so.
Also, there is no way on earth that someone could link schizophrenia with the Meyers Briggs assessment. It simply does not do that.

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Question?: Schizophrenia Types

Steven asks…

Why do people have different types of schizophrenia?

Is it related to a person’s personality before he has schizophrenia? For instance, would a person be more likely to develop the paranoid subtype, if he had tendencies to be paranoid before he had schizophrenia?
1 second ago – 3 days left to answer.

admin answers:

Is this for an assignment? Haha.

Well I’m only a 17 year old psychology student but I can tell you what I know about schizophrenia. Schizophrenia literally means “split mind.” Disturbed thought is at the heart of this disorder, and it only occurs in about 1% of the population.

Those who develop paranoid schizophrenia usually experience abnormal or irrational thoughts before being diagnosed with schizophrenia, however, not so noticeably. A lot of times, schizophrenia doesn’t occur until later in life (even in their 20’s) so it is not apparent until this time. However, once this takes on it’s form, patients with paranoid schizophrenia have delusions or harassment and those of superior greatness. They believe they have “enemies” who are out to get them, and sometimes believe that they are famous or important figures. One man actually believed he was Hitler reincarnated and that everyone was out to get him because they knew about him, haha.

I hope I could help. 🙂

Also, subcategories. I almost forgot.

Catatonic schizophrenia – Disturbances in the proper functioning of motor abilities. Some patients may not be able to move at all for periods of time & remain still. Others go into a hyperactive state that prevents them from staying still.

Disorganized schizophrenia – Adaptive behavior is deteriorating. They are normally withdrawn from society, constant giggling, and lack of emotion.

Undifferentiated schizophrenia – People here are obviously schizophrenic but can’t be easily placed in any of the other categories.

CAUSES:
1. Genetics play a huge factor
2. Neurochemicals
3. Abnormal brain structure (enlarged brain ventricles)
4. Neurodevelopment Issues
5. Expressed emotion
6. Stress

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