Matters of the Mind: Psychotic Disorders and Schizophrenic Disorders

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Psychotic disorders and schizophrenic disorders are some of the most complicated and challenging diagnoses in the DSM. The symptoms of psychotic disorders may appear quite vivid in some clients; whereas, within other clients, symptoms may be barely observable. Additionally, symptoms may overlap among disorders. For example, specific symptoms such as neurocognitive impairments, social problems, and illusions may exist in schizophrenic clients, but are also contributing symptoms for other psychotic disorders.

For this Discussion, consider whether experiences of psychosis-related symptoms are always indicative of a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Think about alternative diagnoses for psychosis-related symptoms.

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Post by Day 4 a brief explanation of whether psychosis-related symptoms are always indicative of a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Then explain why or why not. Finally, explain possible alternative diagnoses for psychosis-related symptoms.

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Running Head: PSYCHOSIS AND SCHIZOPHRENIA

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Psychosis and Schizophrenia
Psychosis and schizophrenia are terms that are mostly used on the streets and in the media
to describe certain forms of illnesses. There are certain cases where the terms tend to be used
correctly, while there are other cases in which the terms are not used correctly. However, in most
cases, the terms are not always used correctly. Based on the differences between psychosis and
schizophrenia, I believe that psychosis-related symptoms are not always an indication of a
diagnosis of schizophrenia. Psychosis is basically a concept that describes specific symptoms in
the body, while schizophrenia is a form of mental illness which comprises of psychotic features.
Psychosis can also be defined as a severe form of mental disorder in which an individual’s thoughts
and emotions are impaired to the extent that the individual’s contact is lost with the actual reality.
A study conducted by Watkins, & Schizophrenia Fellowship of Victoria, (1992) shows that
psychosis is not just a mental disorder in itself, but rather it is the first criteria that is used to
diagnose schizophrenia. Without psychosis, one cannot be diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Psychosis tends to affect the way individuals perceive or express their emotions. An individual
experiencing an episode of psychotic symptoms is mostly said to be having a break with the actual
reality. The main symptoms of psychosis include hallucinations (such as having sensations that
are not real, hearing voices, having experiences with one’s body sense...


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