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How depressive disorder differs from Schizophrenia?

Depression occurs along with psychosis, a transient psychological state characterized by abnormal perceptions, which will include delusions and hallucinations. When psychosis accompanies major depression, it’s called depressive disorder or depression with psychosis. It’s estimated that anywhere from 14% to almost 50% of individuals diagnosed with depression have a depressive disorder, and geriatric patients are especially prone to it.

Psychotic depression is taken very seriously by psychological state professionals because the individual affected by it is at an increased risk of self-harm.

“The suicide rate in people with depressive disorder, once they are ill and in their acute phase, is far above it’s with major depression,” says Anthony J. Rothschild, MD, the Irving S. and Betty Brudnick Endowed Chair, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts school of medicine in Worcester, Massachusetts.

It’s essential to differentiate depressive disorder from psychosis, also as schizophrenia, experts say. Psychosis by itself isn’t a disorder, explains Timothy B. Sullivan, MD, chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Staten Island University Hospital in Staten Island, New York. “It’s not an illness in itself, even as fever isn’t