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    Schizophrenia  Schizophrenia  A severe disturbance in thinking – i.e., a “thought disorder”
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Symptoms and Diagnosis:  Symptoms and Diagnosis:  1. Hallucinations and Delusions (positive symptoms) 1. Hallucinations and Delusions (positive symptoms) 2. Confused thinking 2. Confused thinking           Inappropriate affect Inappropriate affect           Gross inability to cope with life tasks Gross inability to cope with life tasks           (negative symptoms) (negative symptoms)     3. Involves deterioration from a previous higher level of functioning 3. Involves deterioration from a previous higher level of functioning     4. Thought disorder  4. Thought disorder  not not  caused by   caused by  a) organic brain disorder (e.g., dementia, brain trauma) a) organic brain disorder (e.g., dementia, brain trauma) b) or substance abuse (ingesting a toxin) b) or substance abuse (ingesting a toxin)     5. symptoms persist for at least 6 months 5. symptoms persist for at least 6 months                           - with at least 2 weeks active phase. - with at least 2 weeks active phase.
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Hallucinations Hallucinations     1. Auditory are most common “hearing voices”   2. Others: - visual – “seeing angels” - somatic – “body rotting” - olfactory, tactile, etc.   3. May be related to other perceptual and attentional problems: a. hypersensitive to visual and auditory stimulation b. cause distractibility, misinterpret stimuli c. hallucinations = misinterpreted sensory input   4. Closely linked to delusions - delusions may  explain  hallucinations - delusional thinking may lead to misinterpretation of sensations. 
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Delusions  Delusions  1. Unrealistic, illogical ideas or beliefs that are strongly held   2. Common themes: a. persecution, grandeur, control of/by others b. moralistic, good/evil, right/wrong, religious themes   3. Common specific symptoms: a. ideas of reference b. thought broadcasting or mind control
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2011 for the course PSYCH 3140 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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