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August, 2013

schizophrenia affect (mood)

schizophrenia MOOD (AFFECT) The person with schizophrenia may demonstrate what is known as ‘incongruity of affect (mood)’; this means that their response to certain conversations or situations would be inappropriate. For example, when they are informed that their dog has died they may laugh aloud, showing a lack of sensitivity. The health care professional may […]

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Examples of Schizophrenic Behavior

Behaviour of schizophrenia The person with schizophrenia may exhibit bizarre behaviour .They may present as hyperactive and unpredictable. Bizarre behaviour may consistof the repetition of certain gestures or postures, such as skipping or standing facinga wall. Some people with schizophrenia will copy other people’s behaviours, whichis known as ‘echopraxia’, or copy their speech which is […]

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schizophrenia delusions examples

The person with schizophrenia may experience impairment in their thoughts,memory, language and concentration. They usually experience delusions, which are fixed, false beliefs. The delusions can be delusions of grandeur, such as the person believing they are the King of England (this is seen more commonly in bipolar disorder), or they may be persecutory, in that […]

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features of schizophrenia:positive features and negative symptoms

FEATURES OF SCHIZOPHRENIA Diagnosed by the presence of particular symptoms, schizophrenia commonly falls within two main groups of both positive and negative behaviour. These unusual behaviours, positive features in this case, indicate that they are definite or dominant and are rather peculiar. These positive symptoms refer to the more pronounced or unusual behaviour that strays […]

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Schizophrenia Psychotic Episode

There is a rapid onset of this condition that may be precipitated by a stressful event. The person will present with features of a thought disorder with delusions and hallucinations, and usually all these features resolve within a month. The person experiencing a brief psychotic disorder may require short-term admission to an acute mental health […]

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Medical Articles On Substance Abuse

Substance misuse among people with mental health problems is recognised asbeing usual rather than exceptional; so it follows that mental health services should consider it routinely in assessment and be prepared to offer appropriate treatment and intervention. Adopting a comprehensive and inclusive assessment approach will lead to clearer diagnosis, treatment and information. The way substance […]

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effect of drug abuse on children

The existence of dual diagnosis often results in problems associated with housing, relationships, finances and the criminal justice system. There are also considerable issues in relation to parental substance misuse(drug abuse) and its effect on the children of drug misusers. Children and families generally are affected by dual diagnosis. Unpredictability, involvement with different services and […]

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substance misuse and mood disorders

The relationship between substance misuse and mood disorders is a complex one.There is no doubt that the effect drugs have can depend on the mood the person isin before using them and the expectation they have of the outcome. Mood changesare also affected by the type of drug, its strength, frequency of use and withdrawal.Again, […]

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Physical Symptoms Anxiety Disorders

Studies have shown considerable links between anxiety disorders and substance misuse, particularly alcohol, in terms of triggering feelings of anxiety but also as a form of self-medication.People with anxiety disorders may use alcohol or drugs to cope with their symptoms; however, alcohol and drug misuse may result in anxiety disorder. Links have also been shown […]

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SUBSTANCE MISUSE IN PEOPLE WITH PSYCHIATRIC

Having described the possible impact of some commonly misused drugs on mental health, it may be useful to approach the situation from the perspective of substance misuse in people with diagnosed psychiatric disorders. Studies show that up to 50% of people with schizophrenia have either a drug or alcohol problem. Both conditions feature the impairment […]

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