There are a few different conditions on what is considered to be the Schizophrenic Spectrum. All of these conditions are debilitating.

Knowing the type of condition that a person has is important, as it can allow targeted treatment to take place.

The Schizophrenic Spectrum

What is the Schizophrenic Spectrum?

Schizophrenic Spectrum: The Schizophrenic Spectrum consists of a few different conditions that are characterised by a range of symptoms. These symptoms normally revolve around a difficulty in understanding reality due to changes in the way someone thinks, feels, or acts. These conditions usually involve a breakdown in the connection between thoughts, emotions and behaviour – often resulting in psychotic symptoms. Treatment is available, and can result in an improvement in quality of life.

What are the different conditions on The Schizophrenic Spectrum?

Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia is a severe and long-term mental health condition characterised by a range of symptoms, normally revolving around a difficulty in understanding reality, due to changes in the way someone thinks, feels and acts. The condition usually involves a breakdown in the connection between thoughts, emotions and behaviour – leading to psychotic symptoms. While the exact symptoms range from case to case, generally delusions, hallucinations, disorganised speech, catatonia, poor concentration and a lack of interest may be displayed. With the right treatment, support and lifestyle, it is possible for symptoms to be controlled more.

Schizoaffective Disorder: Schizoaffective Disorder is severe mental health condition which involves both symptoms of Schizophrenia, along with symptoms associated with a mood disorder, like Depression or the Mania stage of Bipolar Disorder. Symptoms can therefore include hallucinations, delusions, low mood and mania among others. Someone with Schizoaffective Disorder will often have lost touch with reality. Treatment normally involves some form of talking therapy and medication.

Schizophreniform Disorder: This disorder features identical symptoms to Schizophrenia, however these symptoms will not have caused distress for most days in a month, as seen with other Schizophrenia types. For instance, symptoms may have been present for a few weeks, but not caused much functional impairment. Around two-thirds of people with Schizophreniform Disorder go on to develop Schizophrenia. Treatment involves a form of talking therapy and medication.

As we consider there to be a Schizophrenic “spectrum”, several other conditions could be considered to belong in this article. However, these conditions are covered in other sections.

These conditions could include Schizotypal Personality Disorder and Schizoid Personality Disorder. This spectrum is also closely related to some Psychosis conditions.

Summary

As discussed, there are a few different conditions that are on the Schizophrenic spectrum. There is certainly an overlap between them, however they are distinct conditions.

But irrespective of the name of the condition, what is most important is that a patient seeks treatment, to enable them to receive help.

See Also

  1. Schizophrenic Spectrum: Everything You Need to Know
  2. What Are The Different Types of Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorders?
  3. What Are The Symptoms of Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorders?
  4. What Are The Causes of Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorders?
  5. How are Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorders Diagnosed?
  6. How Can Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorders be Treated?
  7. What is the Prognosis for Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorders??
  8. 10 Tips for Living With Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorders?
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