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Affective and Schizoaffective Disorders: Similarities and by A. Marneros, M. T. Tsuang (auth.), Professor Dr. med.

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By A. Marneros, M. T. Tsuang (auth.), Professor Dr. med. Andreas Marneros, Ming T. Tsuang M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc. (eds.)

Several contributions in our first publication approximately schizo affective problems (Marneros and Tsuang, Schizoaffective Psychoses, Springer-Verlag, 1986) supported the idea that schizoaffective issues vary in appropriate methods from schizophrenic problems. The type of schizo affective issues as a subgroup of schizophrenia has additionally been criticized, and empirical study in medical, genetic, healing, and prognostic parts helps the concept there are a few powerful similari­ ties among schizo affective and affective problems. after all, there are usually not merely similarities among those teams, but in addition transformations simply as there are among schizo affective and schizophrenic problems. it really is exactly the lifestyles of similarities and alterations among schizo affective problems and the opposite so-called ordinary psychological issues, i.e., schizophrenia and affective problems, which makes them a problem in psychiatric study, a problem to the normal dichotomy within the category of issues which originated with Kraepelin. This problem is unquestionably proving fruitful in psychiatric examine. those "cases in among" may perhaps display that sep­ arating, dividing, and proscribing isn't really constantly significant. occasionally it may be extra significant to unify; to unify within the feel of creating bridges among common teams. it really is right here that the idea of a "psychotic continuum" can develop into correct, and the research of schizoaffective problems is of leading value in learn on a potential continuum of psychosis.

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J Psychiatr Res 21:289-295 Marneros A, Rhode A, Deister A, Risse A (1986) Schizoaffective disorders: the prognostic value of the affective component. In: Marneros A, Tsuang MT (eds) Schizoaffective psychoses. Springer. Berlin Heidelberg New York Tokyo, pp 155-163 Marneros A, Deister A, Rhode A, Jiinemann H, Fimmers R (1988) Long-term course of schizoaffective disorders. I. Definitions, methods, frequency of episodes and cycles. Eur Arch Psychiatry Neurol Sci 237:264-257 Perris C (1986) The case for the independence of cycloid psychotic disorder from the schizoaffective disorders.

1977), follow-up studies of patients with schizoaffective psychoses demonstrated a more favorable outcome compared with schizophrenics. They rather exhibited an episodic course with symptom-free or almost symptom-free intervals, resembling the course of pure affective disorders. This might indicate a closer relationship of the mixed psychoses to the affective than to the schizophrenic group of functional psychoses. 4. The predominance of females among schizo affective patients also pointed in the same direction (see von Zerssen 1980; Vogi and Zaudig 1985; Marneros et al.

We considered this true for the manics as well. Psychotic symptoms in this study included delusions and hallucinations, and the definitions of mood :ongruent and mood incongruent are defined in the DSM-III-R (American Psychiatric Association 1987). Finally, the method offered a new possibility for analysis. We compared the unipolar depressives who had incongruent psychotic symptoms with the paralleled previously reported differences in patterns between nonpsychotic unipolars and manics. Results Comparisons among unipolar depressive are shown in Tables 1 and 2.

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