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Is there a relationship between schizophrenia and genius?

The question you have asked is not a new one. In fact, from the times of classical antiquity, Plato considered artistic creativity as a result of god-given madness. When it comes to popular figures in ...
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Can individuals with schizophrenia be talked out of their delusions?

You need to understand that their experience is highly emotionally significant for them. Not necessarily in a good way, but it is. For affected people it feels true - it "is true". What medications ...
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Is talking to oneself loudly a very common sign of schizophrenia?

Before I answer this question, I would like to point out that at the bottom of Schizophrenia.com is a disclaimer, and part of it says No health information on Schizophrenia.com, including ...
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What is Joan suffering from in this example?

I don't think you can rule out that she really is suffering from headaches and dizziness. Just because the doctors can't find a physiological cause doesn't mean that there isn't one.
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Does schizophrenia cause a loss of intelligence?

Regarding schizophrenia and loss of IQ: I don't know how much we can say about the 'loss' of IQ in schizophrenia patients. If anything, it appears to me that a decrease in overall IQ is augmented by ...
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Are hallucinations a requirement for Schizophrenia?

No – at least, they shouldn't be required. Wikipedia describes the DSM-5 as requiring "delusions, hallucinations, or disorganized speech". Delusions are distinct from hallucinations in that they aren'...
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Prevalence of mental health problems in medical professionals caused by exposure to death?

I believe, and I do not know if good quality epidemiological evidence exists, that such situations may trigger abnormal illness representations among medical professionals. Factitious disorders, for ...
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The interactions between hallucinations and reality in people with schizophrenia

Unfortunately hallucinations of visual type seldom occur with schizophrenia. When visual hallucinations occur in schizophrenia or more frequently (but still uncommon) in other disorders they are ...
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Can a person with delusions completely acknowledge their delusions

The short answer to your question Can a person with delusions completely acknowledge their delusions is yes. But it depends. There are quite a few psychological disorders that have symptoms of ...
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Can schizophrenics who are deaf since birth hear voices?

A quick Google search reveals some answers such as Atkinson, J. R. (2006). Around half of all deaf people diagnosed with schizophrenia report experiencing “voices,” during which they sense someone ...
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What is the current status of Paraphrenia?

Paraphrenia is a late-onset mental disorder similar to schizophrenia in that it features the positive symptoms of the disease, such as delusions and/or hallucinations, but lacks the negative symptoms, ...
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Are schizophrenia and OCD genetically related?

Yes, there is almost certainly a genetic overlap between schizophrenia and OCD. Quantifying the overlap in variation requires genotyping a large number of individuals, and a lot of this cross-...
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How can we eliminate the effect of psychiatric medication on neuropsychological research with schizophrenic patients?

As far as I know, this effect cannot be eliminated by any practical means, other than stratifying the subjects into groups according to type of drug, dosage, duration of use etc. and use statistical ...
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Is it possible to get good hallucination while suffering from schizophrenia?

The short answer appears to be yes, to a certain degree, though there seems to be a need for more research in this area of viewing hallucinations as a boon, rather than a curse. The positive symptoms ...
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What is the biological reason behind disorganized thinking and disorganized behavior in thought disorders?

There is some evidence that thought disorder (also called loose association) arises, at least partially, from increased spreading activation; schizophrenics, for example, often show a greater increase ...
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How, other than pharmacotherapy, can those diagnosed with thought disorders be treated?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a unique skills training that consists of four modules: core mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Originally, ...
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Are hallucinations a requirement for Schizophrenia?

According to the DSM V, for the diagnosis of schizophrenia, the following is necessary: two (or more) of the following, each present for a significant portion of time during a 1-month period (or ...
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Unknown unit/mL

(edit, actually found the book text on Google books and paid a bit more attention to the context; the book is Kaplan & Sadock's Concise Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry by Sadock, Sadock, and Ruiz, ...
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What is the diagnosis when someone suffers only from negative symptoms of schizophrenia?

Short answer Many people in the general populace suffer one or more negative symptoms that are associated with schizophrenia, but are not diagnosed with a mental illness whatsoever. Background Indeed,...
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The interactions between hallucinations and reality in people with schizophrenia

Short answer Visual hallucinations in psychotic disorders like schizophrenia are typically not simple transformations of an inanimate lifeless object into another state. They are not a car turning ...
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Difference between psychosis and schizophrenia

As loosely indicated by @DanielMera in another answer, Psychosis is part of schizophrenia, and it can be part of other psychiatric disorders, too. Psychosis (plural = psychoses) Psychosis is (Hayes &...
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Sex With Ghosts - Possible Clinical Diagnoses

Sleep paralysis can sometimes result in hallucinations corollary to the paralysis experience. Similarly, bipolar I and other psychotic disorders (viz. the schizophrenia spectrum) could produce vivid ...
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Sex With Ghosts - Possible Clinical Diagnoses

It is very much unlikely that someone would have this kind of delusion but be completely normal otherwise. People suffering from Delusional Disorder (F22.0), the only disorder with isolated delusions,...
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What percentage of those diagnosed with schizophrenia didn't have brain abnormalities?

This ENIGMA study did not assess brain abnormalities at an individual level. Rather, it examined if the volumes of a range of subcortical brain structures differed between patients with schizophrenia ...
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Megalomania versus schizophrenia

Schizophrenia symptoms vary widely from patient to patient. Only a subgroup of schizophrenics experience grandiose delusion. According to one school of thought, humanistic psychotherapy, individuals ...
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Is it common for OCD sufferers to experience schizophrenic episodes

As someone who has had OCD since the age of 12, I can assure that this sounds very much like an OCD symptom. It is likely that you walked into the store "like a zombie", and at the time, did not ...
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