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Psychotic Disorders- This is a broad category that includes mental disorders involving changes in cognition or thought. For example: Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, and Schizophreniform Disorder. Often these disorders are chronic, severe, disabling and have been recognized throughout history. Signs of Psychotic Disorder:

  • Split between emotion and thinking, meaning that the person’s verbal messages

may not match their emotion.

  • Hallucinations

  • Delusions

  • Disorganized Speech

  • Grossly Disorganized Behavior

  • Signs of depression or mania

Anxiety Disorders- This is a broad category of mental disorders in which the person may experience apprehension, fear, obsessions, compulsions or stress. Signs of Anxiety:

  • Restlessness or feeling on edge

  • Irritability

  • Muscle tension

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Difficulty falling asleep

  • Distressing or recurring dreams of an event

  • Intrusive recollection of an event

  • Repetitive behaviors (hand washing, checking doors)

  • Recurrent and persistent thoughts that are not simply excessive worries

  • Fear of social or performance situation

  • Palpitations, accelerated heart rate

  • Sweating

  • Trembling sensation

  • Feeling of choking

  • Shortness of breath, smothering sensation

  • Fear of losing control of going crazy

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