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The Treatment Of Psychiatric Disorders, 3rd Edition by Beverly J. Sutton, George U. Balis, William H. Reid

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CHAPTER 16

 

SCHIZOPHRENIA AND OTHER PSYCHOTIC DISORDERS

 

 

 

Psychotic disorders share one of the most distressing characteristics of psychiatric syndromes: loss of contact with, or inappropriate response to, the real world. Psychosis may occur with disorders not found in this chapter (e.g., in mood disorders); however, here we are referring to conditions in which it is a core symptom of the disturbance.

“Psychosis” is a generic term, a symptom, and not a disorder in itself. It often responds to generic antipsychotic treatment (e.g., neuroleptic medication or electroconvulsive therapy [ECT]). The underlying causes of schizophreniform and similar psychoses, and their treatments, are complex, however, and almost always warrant more than a symptomatic ...

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