Post Psychotic Depression


Post psychotic depression, also sometimes known as post schizophrenic depression, is often the byproduct of an already dealt with case of schizophrenic illness. Typically, it is recognized as a depressive episode which lasts an extended period of time and is essentially the “aftershock” to an especially bad case or episode of schizophrenia.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the following are the notable and required symptoms that need to be checked off before a case of post psychotic depression can truly be accurately identified:

a. the patient has had a schizophrenic illness meeting the general criteria for schizophrenia (see introduction to F20 above) within the past 12 months;
b. some schizophrenic symptoms are still present; and
c. the depressive symptoms are prominent and distressing, fulfilling at least the criteria for a depressive episode, and have been present for at least 2 weeks.

The one caveat, however, is the status of the previously diagnosed schizophrenia. If that disorder is clearly gone and not a problem, then a post psychotic depression episode can be accurately identified as such and the proper treatment means can be taken. If, on the other hand, schizophrenia symptoms persist, then the case should not be identified as any of form of post psychotic depression, but rather, as a variation of the applicable schizophrenic subtype.

In any case, an assortment of treatment options exist for both of these outcomes, and it’s just a matter of getting the correct diagnosis of post psychotic depression in order to determine the right course of treatment. Anyone questioning which mental condition they are dealing with should contact their local mental health specialist and get the proper analysis at their earliest convenience.


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