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PSYC 235 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Delusional Disorder, Word Salad, Schizophreniform Disorder


Department
Psychology
Course Code
PSYC 235
Professor
Meredith Chivers
Lecture
1

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Psych 235, Term 2: Lecture 1
Psychosis (hallucinations/delusions) Dissociation
Splitting of the mind: separation of reality and what is perceived
- Modern ideas are influenced by early teachings and discoveries/ideas
- Disease not necessarily a mental illness but includes mental illness
- Rationalization of delusions ect can lead to a reduction of stress in ones situation and
experiences.
- Effects 1% of pop, males (earlier than females) = females, dev in early adulthood 17-20
Positive systems clusters:
- Delusions; of grandeur (believing that oneself is an important figure) or persecution
(out to get you), reference (something personal), control
- Hallucinations; Auditory and/or visual sensory events w/o environmental stimuli
- Disorganized speech; Word salad jumbles of words and syllables
The negative symptoms: (looks like depression)
- Withdrawal/lack of presence and communication
The disorganized cluster
- most people tend to have a more prominent cluster over another, however some may
regularly experience a mixture of symptoms
- Nature of disorganized affect or behaviour
- Lack of an organized theme in ones hallucinations
o Subtypes
- Paranoid; panic n anxiety, hallucinations ect (best prognosis comes from this
diagnosis)
- Disorganized
- Catatonic
- Undifferentiated
- Residual
o Other Disorders w/ Psychotic features
- Schizophreniform Disorder; schizophrenic symptoms for a few months then
remission and normally return to normal functioning
- Delusional Disorder
Brief Psychotic
Shared Psychotic
Schizotypal Personality; less sever
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