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Do patients with depression suffer from schizophrenia?

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Posted on Mon, 30 May 2016
Question: Is preexisting deepression cause schizophrenia?
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Answered by Dr. Chintan Solanki (18 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
very rare possibility

Detailed Answer:
Hello XXXX,

Thanks for writing to us.

Depression and schizophrenia are totally different disorders. Many patients with schizophrenia can suffer from depression in long run due to their psychotic process as well as cognitive disturbance. However pre-existing depression cannot cause schizophrenia. Yes it is possible that in few patients with depression schizophrenia may occur but depression is not the cause.

Hope this answer will help. If further clarification and guidance are required, please revert back to me with history of patient and symptoms in details.

Regards,
Dr.Chintan Solanki.

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Do patients with depression suffer from schizophrenia?

Brief Answer: very rare possibility Detailed Answer: Hello XXXX, Thanks for writing to us. Depression and schizophrenia are totally different disorders. Many patients with schizophrenia can suffer from depression in long run due to their psychotic process as well as cognitive disturbance. However pre-existing depression cannot cause schizophrenia. Yes it is possible that in few patients with depression schizophrenia may occur but depression is not the cause. Hope this answer will help. If further clarification and guidance are required, please revert back to me with history of patient and symptoms in details. Regards, Dr.Chintan Solanki.