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What is the difference between imagery and schizophrenia?

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Posted on Thu, 28 May 2015
Question: hello
sir how you doing
whats difference between imaginary and szcheponia?
i learned in imaginary you imagine in your mind a story like romance or love stories and feel it but you know isnt true(just a hoppy or emotional feelings)
1_but in szcheponia you see it in real life by your outside eyes not imaginary mind (i mean by mind the imaganation like when you imagine in your mind some love story but not you see by your eyes something outside and i mean in by my oustide eyes like when i see some people moving normally in public place or like now iam seeing the site while iam writing to you by my eyes)... and you believe in it?
2_also is it possible in szcheponia you dont see it by your eyes in real life but you imagine in your mind as imaginary part but the differenent will be you believe in it(you know it ls in your imaginary mind not you see in real by your eyes but you believe in? because sometimes emotional people even if they imagine in their minds and they know its imaganation its possible to believe in it
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Answered by Dr. Shubham Mehta (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
imagery and schizophrenia are very different.

Detailed Answer:
Hello
Welcome to HCM.

I am doing good.
How are you doing?

First, I would like to tell you that imagery is a normal mental process whereas schizophrenia is a thought disorder.

Mental imagery can be defined as pictures in the mind or a visual representation in the absence of environmental input.
It occurs in the absence of stimulus and no sensory receptors are needed.
It is like dreams or more like daydreaming.

It is different from a normal perception in which there is a stimulus and sensory receptors are required to feel it.

Schizophrenia is a thought disorder in which there are hallucinations and delusions. The thoughts may be real or imaginary. The person may or may not experienced those thoughts in reality.
But there are many behavioral changes in schizophrenia.
The thoughts or imaginations are concrete.

Whereas in imagery, the mental images are not that concrete. It may or may not be reproduced at will.

Hope this answers your query satisfactorily.

Feel free to discuss further.

Take care.
Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Shubham Mehta (4 hours later)
1_ what do you mean by thought disorder? 2_can you explain please to me thought can be real or imaginary (imaginary? isnt always should be real by outside eyes he sees people and things in real but its not real )? 3_what hallucinations and delusions?
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Answered by Dr. Shubham Mehta (8 hours later)
Brief Answer:
disorganisation of thoughts

Detailed Answer:
Hello again.
Sorry for the late response.

By thought disorder I mean that in schizophrenia, the thoughts are disorganised. The person's ability to synchronize his thoughts is lost. There are bizzare thoughts like 'someone is controlling my mind' or some is following me'. As a result, his judgement is impaired. The person feels that whatever he is thinking and saying is true, when in reality, its false.

Imagery is not real. It is just the visual representation of imagination. Like someone feels with his eyes closed that he is walking on the clouds. But still he knows that its his imagination. Its like daydreaming.

Thoughts are group of ideas in the mind. The person thinks and acts over it.

Hallucinations are false perception without stimuli. Like, a person says that he is hearing some voice when in reality there is no one around to speak.

Delusions are fixed, false, firm, unshakeable belief which is held by a person despite the evidence to contrary.

Hope this answers your queries satisfactorily.

Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Shubham Mehta (7 days later)
i didnt understand thought disorder like someone is following me or controlling my mind.... everyone can think like this... give me an accurate example not general summary
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Answered by Dr. Shubham Mehta (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
please find the examples below.

Detailed Answer:
Hello. Hope you are doing good.

I will try to explain my point to you with examples:

If you are walking down the street and a man on the opposite sidewalk coughs, you don’t think anything of it and may not even consciously hear the cough. The person with schizophrenia, however, not only hears the cough but may immediately decide it must be a signal to activate some kind of radiowaves coming from the sky to kill him.

I will give you another example about one of my case of schizophrenia:

One patient of mine was convinced that a camera had been sewn into his skull when he had had a minor scalp wound sutured and had tried to bring legal suit against the police innumerable times. He was of the belief that police personnel were following his acts through that camera. He went to dozens of major medical centers, seeking a surgeon who would remove it, even when lots of evidences were given to him everywhere that there is no such camera in his skull.

I hope these examples help you to understand the point.

Take care.
Thanks
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What is the difference between imagery and schizophrenia?

Brief Answer: imagery and schizophrenia are very different. Detailed Answer: Hello Welcome to HCM. I am doing good. How are you doing? First, I would like to tell you that imagery is a normal mental process whereas schizophrenia is a thought disorder. Mental imagery can be defined as pictures in the mind or a visual representation in the absence of environmental input. It occurs in the absence of stimulus and no sensory receptors are needed. It is like dreams or more like daydreaming. It is different from a normal perception in which there is a stimulus and sensory receptors are required to feel it. Schizophrenia is a thought disorder in which there are hallucinations and delusions. The thoughts may be real or imaginary. The person may or may not experienced those thoughts in reality. But there are many behavioral changes in schizophrenia. The thoughts or imaginations are concrete. Whereas in imagery, the mental images are not that concrete. It may or may not be reproduced at will. Hope this answers your query satisfactorily. Feel free to discuss further. Take care. Thanks.