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29 Aug

Schizophrenia vs. Psychosis: What’s the Difference?

Schizophrenia and psychosis have many similarities, but they also have many differences. Schizophrenia and psychosis are not the same, though some people use the two terms interchangeably. The biggest difference between schizophrenia and psychosis is that psychosis is a symptom or a group of symptoms (syndrome) while schizophrenia is a disorder. Patients who have schizophrenia […]

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15 Aug

Psychosis in Children: What You Should Know

Children often go through phases of withdrawing from their parents and siblings, flitting from one friend group to another, or shifting their interests every few weeks or months. These phases are normal and healthy, but if their personalities and behaviors really begin to change, it may be cause for worry. Psychosis can cause a loss […]

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10 Aug

Predicting Psychosis in Young People

A study published in March 2017 in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that young people at high risk for developing psychosis will start to show signs of the mental disorder early in their adolescence, long before full-blown symptoms are displayed. “Our research reveals that vulnerability to psychosis can be identified at an early adolescence […]

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11 Jul

What Does the Word Psychosis Really Mean?

Many people have the wrong idea about psychosis. Some even throw the term around as a substitute for “hypnosis” or “a way of thinking,” and others use it interchangeably with “psychology” or “psychiatry.” While the latter two terms are certainly related to the word “psychosis” since they can be used to help treat psychosis, these […]

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06 Jul

What Is It Like To Have A Psychotic Episode?

Research by Kings College in London and Duke University defines a psychotic experience as “… anything from hearing voices to experiencing psychosis,” which is a mental disorder in which contact with reality is lost or highly impaired. Psychotic episodes are more common than many people realize. The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) has found […]

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13 Jun

What Does The Diagnosis Process for Psychosis Look Like?

When a person first sees a doctor for symptoms of psychosis, it is often at the urging of a loved one. Typically, people dealing with psychosis are too confused by or ashamed of their conditions to go to a doctor on their own. It is important that the families and friends of people with psychosis […]

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08 Jun

What Are Some Treatment Options for Psychosis?

Psychosis can be a scary disorder, but just like most disorders, it can be treated. Mental health professionals often use a combination of antipsychotic medication and psychological therapies in treating psychosis. Antipsychotic medications treat psychosis at its source by blocking dopamine transmitters in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter involved in transmitting messages throughout the […]

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06 Jun

How Does a Person With Psychosis Act?

Psychosis rears its head in many different ways in different patients. Some people experiencing psychosis may have positive experiences, like seeing a deceased loved one or hearing his or her voice. But others have much more negative experiences, which can lead to harmful thoughts and behaviors and contribute to the stigmas we place on people […]

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09 May

The Truth About Schizophrenia and Treatability

Schizophrenia is the most common psychotic disorder, but it is only one of 12. When schizophrenia is diagnosed. It is possible that there will be one of the four subtypes of the disorder will be listed on the diagnosis. Catatonic Schizophrenia Paranoid Schizophrenia Disorganized Schizophrenia Undifferentiated Schizophrenia Residual Schizophrenia Regardless of which subtype the person is diagnosed with, […]

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