The Overlap of Affective and Schizophrenic Spectra

The Overlap of Affective and Schizophrenic Spectra

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Many clinicians and researchers are convinced that there is an overlap between affective and schizophrenic spectra. In this book, an international team of experts discuss aspects of comorbidity, genetic models, clinical course, phenomenology and therapies. This is the first comprehensive overview of the schizoaffective spectra. Challenging cases presenting clinical and paraclinical features of both spectra are surprisingly numerous. Not only the phenomenology but also the course, outcome and treatment of such cases have their own characteristics. Recent research shows that the overlap also involves genetics and biological processes related to psychotic disorders. Within the overlap of affective and schizophrenic spectra it is possible to identify some groups of disorders having similar clinical and non-clinical features: the 'schizoaffective' group, 'Acute and Transient Psychotic Disorder' or 'Brief Psychosis', and other groups found in so-called 'Atypical Forms'.However, it has not been well studied (Baethge et al., 2005). For SAD, therefore, combinations should be ... American Psychiatric Association (1987). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 3rd edn, revised (DSM-III-R).

Title:The Overlap of Affective and Schizophrenic Spectra
Author:Andreas Marneros, Hagop S. Akiskal
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2006-11-16


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