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Mental Emotional Disorders

Thought Disorders   


  • What is it?
    • Psychotic disorder
    • Disabling brain disease
    • Typical onset in late teens and mid-30's 

  • Four central issues:
    • Delusions: false personal beliefs, grandiosity, paranoia
    • Hallucinations: hearing voices, seeing things that are not there
    • Disorganized speech: inability to follow a line of logic, using nonsense sentences
    • Disorganized behavior: strange or socially inappropriate behavior

  • What does it look like?
    • Problems attending classes or appointments
    • Loss of desire to study or attend class
    • Difficulties concentrating and memorizing
    • Appears disinterested and lethargic
    • Socially isolates because others perceive them as strange or scary
    • Frequent absences dues to hospitalizations

Also see Academic Tips mental emotional disorders