Questions and Answers

What is psychosis?

As part of a national project to raise awareness about first-episode psychosis and support the needs of families affected by the illness, the Canadian Mental Health Association has developed this sibling resource guide - a guide intended to provide information and support to teens and young adults who have a brother or sister experiencing psychosis. This sibling guide represents one of the last resources to be produced by the project, which after six years is drawing to a close.

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What is paranoid schizophrenia?

Paranoid schizophrenia is a subtype of schizophrenia in which the patient has delusions (false beliefs) that a person or some individuals are plotting against them or members of their family.

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What is catatonic schizophrenia?

The predominant clinical features seen in the catatonic subtype of schizophrenia involve disturbances in a personís movement. Affected people may exhibit a dramatic reduction in activity, to the point that voluntary movement stops, as in catatonic stupor. Alternatively, activity can dramatically increase, a state known as catatonic excitement.

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What is schizoaffective disorder?

Schizoaffective disorder is an illness characterized by psychotic symptoms (delusions and hallucinations) and mood problems.

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