The Overlap of Affective and Schizophrenic Spectra

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-04-09
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Many clinicians and researchers are convinced that there is an overlap between affective and schizophrenic spectra. In this book, an international team of experts discuss aspects of comorbidity, genetic models, clinical course, phenomenology and therapies. This is the first comprehensive overview of the schizoaffective spectra. Challenging cases presenting clinical and paraclinical features of both spectra are surprisingly numerous. Not only the phenomenology but also the course, outcome and treatment of such cases have their own characteristics. Recent research shows that the overlap also involves genetics and biological processes related to psychotic disorders. Within the overlap of affective and schizophrenic spectra it is possible to identify some groups of disorders having similar clinical and non-clinical features: the 'schizoaffective' group, 'Acute and Transient Psychotic Disorder' or 'Brief Psychosis', and other groups found in so-called 'Atypical Forms'.

Table of Contents

The paradigms of the overlapping of the affective and schizophrenic spectra: schizo-affective conditions
The overlapping of the spectra: overlapping genes and genetic models
The continuum of psychosis and its genetic basis
Functional psychoses - molecular-genetic evidence for a continuum
State- and trait-related deficits in sustained attention in bipolar disorder: are there any overlaps with schizophrenia?
The concept of schizoaffective disorder - utility versus validity and reliability: a transcultural perspective
Phenomenological approaches to the schizoaffective spectrum
Clinical course of schizoaffective disorders
Depressive syndromes in schizophrenia
The overlapping of the spectra - brief and acute psychoses
Overlapping of the spectra: physical comorbidity between schizophrenia and affective disorders
The overlapping of the spectra: suicide
Biological treatment of schizoaffective disorders
Psychological therapies and shizoaffective disorders
Epilogue: the interface of affective and schizophrenic disorders: a cross between two spectra?
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