Millions of people across the United States have schizophrenia, yet millions more still do not understand the in-depth nuances that occur with this disorder. Movies depict schizophrenia as solely experiencing paranoia and potentially acting out violence, yet those with this disorder are more likely to hurt themselves than others. Another unknown fact about this disorder is that it’s on a spectrum: schizophrenia, schizophreniform disorder, schizoaffective disorder, delusional disorder, brief psychotic disorder, and psychosis typically induced by substances are several of the types that can be diagnosed.
If you’re eager to learn more about schizophrenia in detail, check out the following under the umbrella:
Schizophrenia: people diagnosed with this typically experience two or more symptoms for a month or longer such as hallucinations, delusions, disorganized speech, odd behavior, and more.
Schizophreniform disorder: with this disorder, the symptoms are the same as with general schizophrenia, but the time these symptoms are experienced is less than six months and longer than one month.
Schizoaffective disorder: psychotic episodes may last at least two weeks, but a person with this disorder is not experiencing a depressive or manic episode.
Delusional disorder: those diagnosed with this disorder have not been generally classified as having schizophrenia, but perhaps they’ve had at least one delusional episode within a month.
Brief psychotic disorder: in less than a month, a person may be diagnosed with this disorder if they’ve experienced similar symptoms to schizophrenia, but only briefly.
Substance-induced psychosis: those who’ve developed symptoms of schizophrenia after taking substances may be diagnosed with this.
If you are experiencing symptoms that link to one of these disorders, speak with a professional from Alta Loma today. We understand the connection between mental illness and addiction. Recovery is possible, and there is an entire team of healthcare professionals who truly care about your health and wellbeing. It’s never too late to seek help.
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