Topics tagged with "Positive symptoms"


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Bipolar disorder

Cognition and bipolar disorder symptoms

What is the relationship between cognition and symptoms of bipolar disorder? Bipolar disorder is characterised by episodes of depression and mania, which can include psychosis. A major depressive episode is a period of at least two weeks in which a person has at least five of the following symptoms (including one of the first two): intense sadness or despair; feelings of helplessness, hopelessness or worthlessness; loss of interest in activities once enjoyed; feelings of guilt, restlessness or agitation; sleeping too little or too much; slowed speech or movements; changes in appetite; loss of energy; difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions;…

Psychotic symptoms

What are psychotic symptoms in bipolar disorder? Psychotic symptoms are sometimes found in people with bipolar disorder, particularly in the manic phase of the illness. The severity of psychotic symptoms can significantly affect a person’s day-to-day functioning, quality of life, and cognition. Psychotic symptoms most commonly involve hallucinations and delusions. Hallucinations are defined as a perceptual experience that occurs in the absence of any corresponding external sensory input. They are most commonly auditory, but can occur in any modality. Delusions are fixed, false beliefs that persist regardless of contradictory evidence, and are not explained by cultural beliefs. Persecutory delusions involve…

Positive symptoms

What are positive symptoms of schizophrenia?  Positive symptoms are a well-documented feature of schizophrenia and are arguably the most recognisable and conspicuous symptoms. Positive symptoms include hallucinations and delusions. Hallucinations are defined as a perceptual experience that occurs in the absence of any external sensory input, and are most commonly auditory, but can occur in any modality. Delusions are distortions or exaggerations of inferential thinking, which lack any logical consistency, are not explained by cultural beliefs, and persist regardless of contradictory evidence. Persecutory delusions involve the belief that people are “out to get” the individual, resulting in a lack of…

Schizoaffective disorder

What is schizoaffective disorder?  Schizoaffective disorder is on the schizophrenia spectrum of illnesses. Diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder requires schizophrenia-like symptoms of psychosis, in addition to affective/mood symptoms such as depression. There is some debate as to whether schizoaffective disorder represents a unique diagnosis or an intermediary between schizophrenia and mood disorders. There are also considerable differences between different diagnostic criteria regarding the definition of schizoaffective disorder; particularly the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) criteria. Specifically, the ICD and also the Research Diagnostic Criteria (RDC) require simultaneous and equally prominent presence of psychotic and…

Outcome assessment tools

How can outcome assessment tools be used for schizophrenia? Standardised assessment tools are vital for assessing a range of variables including symptoms, functioning and quality of life. The quality of these tools can be measured in various ways. ‘Reliability’ refers to the reproducibility of an instrument’s results across different assessors, settings and times. ‘Construct validity’ is the extent to which an instrument measures the theoretical construct it was designed to measure. This involves ‘convergent validity’ (the degree of correlation between different scales measuring the same construct); and ‘divergent validity’ (the lack of correlation between scales measuring different constructs). ‘Known groups’…

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