Definitions for SchiZophreniaˌskɪt səˈfri ni ə, -ˈfrin yə

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  1. schizophrenia, schizophrenic disorder, schizophrenic psychosis, dementia praecox(noun)

    any of several psychotic disorders characterized by distortions of reality and disturbances of thought and language and withdrawal from social contact

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  1. schizophrenia(Noun)

    A psychiatric diagnosis denoting a persistent, often chronic, mental illness variously affecting behavior, thinking, and emotion.

  2. schizophrenia(Noun)

    Any condition in which disparate or mutually exclusive activities coexist.

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  1. Schizophrenia

    Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by a breakdown of thought processes and by a deficit of typical emotional responses. Common symptoms include auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganized speech and thinking, and it is accompanied by significant social or occupational dysfunction. The onset of symptoms typically occurs in young adulthood, with a global lifetime prevalence of about 0.3–0.7%. Diagnosis is based on observed behavior and the patient's reported experiences. Genetics, early environment, neurobiology, and psychological and social processes appear to be important contributory factors; some recreational and prescription drugs appear to cause or worsen symptoms. Current research is focused on the role of neurobiology, although no single isolated organic cause has been found. The many possible combinations of symptoms have triggered debate about whether the diagnosis represents a single disorder or a number of discrete syndromes. Despite the etymology of the term from the Greek roots skhizein and phrēn, phren-, schizophrenia does not imply a "split personality", or "multiple personality disorder" —a condition with which it is often confused in public perception. Rather, the term means a "splitting of mental functions", because of the symptomatic presentation of the illness.

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  1. Schizophrenia

    A severe emotional disorder of psychotic depth characteristically marked by a retreat from reality with delusion formation, HALLUCINATIONS, emotional disharmony, and regressive behavior.


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