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    Default Schizophrenia vs Psychosis

    What is the difference?

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    Allow me to Google that for you.

    Psychosis is a symptom of mental illness rather than the name of a medical condition itself. Broadly speaking, it means a loss of contact with reality, and generally there are two types of psychiatric disorders that produce psychotic symptoms: schizophrenia, and mood disorders such as bipolar disorder.

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    psychosis is a symptom of schizophrenia then?

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    One could infer that, yes. If you're serious about the topic for personal reasons, really, I wouldn't be discussing it here. Talk to a professional.
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    Psychosis is a generic term for short term loss of reality. It could be caused by a number of neurological and psychological conditions as well of other things such as drugs, lack of sleep, or brain injury. The vast majority of people with psychosis do not have Schizophrenia.

    Schizophrenia is a long-term mental disorder which involves some kind of severe breakdown of reality which can manifest itself in a number of ways. To have Schizophrenia one must have psychotic experiences but that does not mean they are the same thing.
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    Psychosis means to interpret reality through the lens of a dream.

    If you're Jung, you can lucid psychosis.

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    Couldnt find this from english wiki page, so ill translate from finnish one:

    Different classifications of psychosis's:

    Funtional psychosis:
    - Schizophrenia
    - Affective psychosis; Mood disorders like depression or bi-polar can causes psychotic symptoms in extreme cases
    - Schizoaffective disorder
    - Delusional disorder
    - Sudden psychotic disorders
    - Other unspecified psychosis

    Chemical psychosis:
    - Alcohol psychosis; for example delirium, alcoholic hallucinosis, alcohol paranoia
    - (illegal)Drug psychosis; cannabis psychosis, amphetamine psychosis etc
    - Sedative drug induced psychosis
    - Other drug induced psychosis

    Organic psychosis:
    Organic psychosis means a psychosis caused by physical illness of the brain, like tumour, physical trauma on brains etc.

    I think its from ICD-10, which is basically the international equivalent of DSM.
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