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Textbook note-Chapter 11-Schizophrenia Mar 25

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Neil Rector

PSY240: March 25 th Chapter 11: Schizophrenia Schizophrenia psychosis: if you are unable to tell the difference bw what is real and what is unreal age of onset: late teens early adult later onset for women women also show fewer cognitive deficits especially in verbal processing lifelong disorder DSM criteria pg. 378 table 11.1 1-2% prevalence rate Symptoms positivetype 1 symptoms (refer to the presence of salient experiences negativetype 2 symptoms (refer to the absence of certain domains) Positive Symptoms delusions ideas that an individual believes are true but are highly unlikely and often simple impossible persecutory delusion ppl. believe they are being watchedtormented by ppl they know delusion of reference random events or comments by others are directed at them grandiose delusions one is a special person or being or possess special powers delusion of thought insertion belief ones thoughts are being controlled by outside forces Hallucinations unreal perceptual experiences auditory hallucination hearing voices, music etc. most common visual hallucinations tactile hallucination perception that something is happening outside ones own body ex. bugs crawling up ones back somatic hallucination perception that something is happening inside ones own body ex. worms eating ones intestines Disorganized thoughts and speech aka. formal thought disorder tendency to slip from one topic to another with little coherent transition neologisms: making up words which are only meaningful to the maker deficits in smooth eye movement and working memory Disorganized or Catatonic Behaviour unpredictable and apparent untriggered agitation engage in socially unacceptable acts Negative Symptoms
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