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Schizo-affective disorders: 'just another illness' or key to understanding the psychoses?
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PMID:  6622735     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Descriptive studies of schizo-affective disorder can be reviewed to suggest answers to several major questions regarding this disorder. Cross-sectional studies have not supported the existence of a dichotomy between schizophrenia and affective disorders. Rather, they suggest a continuum of disorders with schizo-affective clinical pictures in the middle. Longitudinal studies indicate that some patients with schizophrenia and major affective disorders go through a 'schizo-affective period' on the way to developing the clinical picture of the other disorder, while still other patients have a continuity of syndrome type. These findings suggest the importance of considering disorder processes rather than just disease types. An interactive developmental model of disorder is one way of conceptualizing these processes.
J S Strauss
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychiatria clinica     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0033-264X     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychiatr Clin (Basel)     Publication Date:  1983  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1983-11-23     Completed Date:  1983-11-23     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0150761     Medline TA:  Psychiatr Clin (Basel)     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  286-96     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Depressive Disorder / diagnosis,  psychology
Diagnosis, Differential
Psychotic Disorders / diagnosis*,  psychology
Schizophrenia / diagnosis
Schizophrenic Psychology
Social Adjustment
Social Environment
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