Introduction. Chronic hallucinatory psychosis is a psychopathological profile reported in French literature but not included in the current Anglo-American psychiatric classification. We compared a group of patients with a clinical picture related to this syndrome to a group of patients with schizophrenia in order to evaluate the possibility of characterising hallucinatory disorder as a diagnostic entity. Methods. Nine patients with a clinical profile related to chronic hallucinatory psychosis were compared to a group of nine patients with schizophrenia. All of the patients were clinically evaluated using the mesaures: SCID-P, GAF, BPRS, PANSS, SAPS, SANS, HRS-A, CDSS, MMSE, CGI and MMPI. Results: Analysis of the clinical rating scales charcterised schizophrenia as comprising three dimensions (positive, negative, and disorganised symptoms), each of wich contributes differently to the psychopathological profile of individual patients. However, the patients with hallucinatory disorder seemed to be mainly characterised by auditory verbal hallucinations, with relative sparing of the other functions typically altered in patients with schizophrenia. Conclusions. The significant differences between the patients in the two groups seem to support the hypothesis that hallucinatory disorder may be considered as being separate nosographic entity, in wich the clinical picture is dominated by the experience of auditory verbal hallucinations.
|Titolo:||Hallucinatory disorder : preliminary data for a clinical diagnostic proposal|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/25 - Psichiatria|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2005|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|