Schizophreniform disorder is also similar to schizophrenia, but lasts between one and six months. Some people confuse schizoaffective disorder with schizophrenia, but a key difference is that people with schizoaffective disorder have symptoms of major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder, along with symptoms of schizophrenia. Some medical conditions also can cause symptoms that are similar to schizophrenia.
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What mental disorders are similar to schizophrenia?
Douglas Severance, MD, Family Medicine, answeredMany mental health disorders share some similar symptoms with schizophrenia. Some personality disorders share symptoms with schizophrenia, including paranoid personality disorder, schizoid personality disorder, and schizotypal personality disorder. Other mental health disorders may also share some features with schizophrenia. A brief psychotic disorder has similar qualities to schizophrenia but lasts less than one month, as opposed to schizophrenia, in which the presentation of symptoms continue for at least six months at a time.
Schizophreniform disorder is also similar to schizophrenia, but lasts between one and six months. Some people confuse schizoaffective disorder with schizophrenia, but a key difference is that people with schizoaffective disorder have symptoms of major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder, along with symptoms of schizophrenia. Some medical conditions also can cause symptoms that are similar to schizophrenia.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
How common are serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia?
Mark Morocco, MD, Emergency Medicine, answeredThe National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that 5% to 7% of adults are currently living with a serious mental illness. Some of these mental conditions cause severe symptoms for sufferers, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. Most of the people affected by mental illness do not have schizophrenia, however. While about 1 in 20 people has a serious mental illness, only 1 out of 100 people will be affected by schizophrenia. The fact that mental illnesses like schizophrenia are so relatively common is a serious public health issue. These diseases can increase one's risk of committing suicide, or make one more likely to die at a young age. Serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia are also the primary cause of disability for teenagers and young adults.
Does adjustment disorder need treatment, or will it go away on its own?
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If you are experiencing adjustment disorder after a stressful life event, you may wish to seek treatment to get the condition under control. If a loved one seems to have adjustment disorder, and refuses to get treatment, be assured that the disorder is not permanent and will go away over time. An adjustment disorder usually lasts no longer than three to six months, even without treatment. However, if there is chronic stress, from an illness, a difficult relationship, or financial problems, the condition may persist. In that event, treatment is recommended to relieve symptoms and speed up the return to a normal level of functionality. Treatments can include behavior therapy, self-help groups, and individual and family counseling. In some situations, your doctor may prescribe medication to ease the depression or the anxiety associated with adjustment disorder.
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