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Psychosis-related Symptoms and Schizophrenia

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An explanation of whether psychosis-related symptoms are always indicative of a diagnosis of schizophrenia and why or why not; and possible alternative diagnoses for the psychosis-related symptoms.

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Psychosis refers to a loss of contact with reality. It is a mental disorder that affects a person's thoughts, feelings, and behavior. As such, psychosis-related symptoms are abnormal symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions. Hallucinations refer to experiencing things that are not there. When individuals hallucinate, they are out of touch with reality. Examples of types of hallucinations are auditory, visual, tactile, olfactory, and gustatory. Delusions are ideas that the person perceives to be true and that are highly unlikely, but that the person is convinced are true. There are different types of delusions, such as delusion of grandeur whereby a person may believe that he is ...

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This solution explains the relationship between psychosis-related symptoms and schizophrenia. It also explains possible alternative diagnoses for the psychosis-related symptoms.