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- n. Any of a group of psychotic illnesses involving delusions, distinct from paranoia and schizophrenia.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, disorder of the mind.
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- n. a form of schizophrenia characterized by delusions (of persecution or grandeur or jealousy); symptoms may include anger and anxiety and aloofness and doubts about gender identity; unlike other types of schizophrenia the patients are usually presentable and (if delusions are not acted on) may function in an apparently normal manner
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Kraepelin later coined the term paraphrenia to denote milder delusional syndromes, distinct from dementia praecox, that developed in middle and late life dementia praecox having an early onset with little subsequent deterioration.
Studies 484 suggest that this late-onset group has premorbid function, symptomatology, and course consistent with the concept of late paraphrenia.
Late paraphrenia is extremely responsive to convulsive treatment.
Environmental and hereditary factors in the schizophrenia of old age “late paraphrenia”, and their bearing on the general problem of causation in schizophrenia.
Late paraphrenia, a term most prevalent in the British literature 851, usually refers to a first-episode delusional psychosis, developing after age 60, that is characterized by a broad affect; an intense mood of anxiety, suspiciousness, irritability, euphoria, or sadness; systematized delusional ideas; and few signs of cognitive dysfunction.
In one sample, the most common diagnoses among hospitalized violent geriatric patients were, in order of frequency, late paraphrenia, coarse brain disease of unspecified type, bipolar illness (manic), senile dementia, and alcoholic dementia (757).
An article about Edgar Allan Poe by Maurice Levy begins with the statement that only the daring write about Poe "without evoking his dipsomania, opiomania, cyclothymia, paraphrenia, and sado-necrophilia".
Roth’s (851) late paraphrenia and the paranoid reactive psychoses of Scandinavian psychiatry (termed paranoid states in the United States) (644) are variations of Kraepelin’s paraphrenia concept.
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