What is it about?

" Atypical thinking psychosis" is characterized by preference for 'autistic thinking and "alternative reality," with social withdrawal, presentation of 'at risk behaviors to self or to others" and associated with personal and social distress. .

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Why is it important?

Atypical Thinking Psychosis provides a historical continuity of behavior descriptions of 'schizophrenia," yet normalizes aspects of thinking and behavior considered "atypical" that may not be relevant for special psychiatric interventions, thus may limit 'excessive" use of medications targeted to reduce or eliminate "benign " atypical symptoms, and may provides impetus for increased focus on targeting risk management and associated distress, a hallmark of any psychosis.


Writing this article in collaboration with other professional colleagues across disciplines with years of clinical practice experiences in working with persons with schizophrenia gave me much pleasure and satisfaction. Hopefully this innovative piece of writing- a product of our collective thinking of experienced clinicians in the field will stimulate research and further investigations into this challenging mental healt field.

DR Mohiuddin Ahmed

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This page is a summary of: An alternative name for schizophrenia, The Lancet Psychiatry, September 2014, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/s2215-0366(14)70342-6.
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