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How is psychotic depression different from other mental disorders?

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People with psychotic depression have delusions and hallucinations along with a depressive syndrome. While people with other mental disorders, like schizophrenia, also have delusions and hallucinations, people with psychotic depression typically have symptoms that reflect irrational levels of despair and negativism, such as profound feelings of hopelessness, being punished, or having committed a sin. People also may be ashamed and try to hide their psychotic symptoms, or minimize their intensity.

From: Mental Health: Depression WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Mental Health.

The Journal of the American Medical Association: “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” January 26, 2016.

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 11, 2018

SOURCE:

National Institute of Mental Health.

The Journal of the American Medical Association: “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” January 26, 2016.

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 11, 2018

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