Continuous Sluggish Schizophrenia

Continuous sluggish schizophrenia is a special form of schizophrenia, with very weak extent of progress.

Symptoms

Illness begins at youthful age, but distinct symptoms are found later. The disease develops slowly, and deformations of person gradually grow. Many patients support the reached status in society all their life. There is a lot of similar people among relatives of patients with other forms of schizophrenia. There is a suspicion that schizophrenia is a heriditary disease.

In stressful situations patients can decompensate. In clinic of Continuous sluggish schizophrenia neurosis-like and psychopathic disorders prevail.

The patient has a strange behavior and somewhat eccentric appearance. The circle of his contacts is narrow, person avoids social contacts. The thinking and views not compounded with cultural norms; distrustfulness, suspiciousness become perceptible. Thinking is often detailed, indistinct, metaphorical, and stereotypic. There is a strangeness of speech, but it doesn’t reach degree of its discontinuity. Periodically there are intensive illusions, hallucinations arising without external influence.

Continuous sluggish schizophrenia differs from a schizoid psychopathy in quantitatively larger expression of strangeness of behavior, and from schizophrenia by lack of psychotic manifestations.

Treatment

Treatment of continuous sluggish schizophrenia is carried out by psychotropic drugs in combination with antidepressants and neuroleptics in small doses. The psychotherapy is important. Patients without distinct signs of disease progress usually keep their legal capacity.

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