Is Schizophrenia Depression?

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Is Schizophrenia Depression?

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder where sufferers can experience hallucinations and delusions as well as paranoia, disorganised thinking, disorganised speech, erratic or bizarre behaviour and display poor social and occupational functioning. Depression is very common in patients suffering from Schizophrenia. When Schizophrenia is accompanied by depression there is real cause for concern as there is an increased risk of suicide.

There are many different types and sub types of depression a few of which are clinical depression, bi-polar disorder, teen depression, childhood depression, winter depression and post natal depression. The basic symptoms of depression include the following:

•    Low moods
•    Lack of pleasure in activities that were once enjoyable
•    Difficulty making decisions or concentrating
•    Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
•    Self blame
•    Sleep disturbances
•    Loss of libido
•    Weight fluctuations
•    Irritability
•    Anxiety
•    Fatigue
•    Apathy
•    Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

People with Bi-Polar disorder or manic depression as it is often referred to, suffer from extreme mood swings (highs and lows) where they experience cyclical periods where they are feeling low (depressed) and then become extremely high (manic). Delusions may also be present.

Treatment for depression will usually involve anti-depressant medication in all but the mildest forms of depression, possibly combined with some form of psychotherapy.

Treatment for schizophrenia will usually involve some sort of anti-psychotic medication in order to control the psychosis as well as some form of psychological intervention. However, many schizophrenia sufferers will also be offered anti-depressant medication too in order to treat any underlying depression at the same time.

Both Schizophrenia and manic depression are believed to have a genetic element as both conditions have a tendency to run in families. Now, recent research conducted by researchers at Cambridge University has indicated that schizophrenia and manic depression may have a similar genetic cause. One study identified that in both conditions, a particular gene that is involved in producing myelin sheaths which protects nerve cells in the brain is absent.

Many medical professionals now believe that schizophrenia may not be just one disorder but a whole range of disorders instead. Depression is a common feature of schizophrenia.

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