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Journal of Diagnostics

June 2017, Volume 4, 1, pp 13-28

Major Depression with Delusional Prevalence and Fixation in Neurotransmitters

Trifu Simona


Teodorescu Andreea


Voinescu Loredana Lusia


Carp George Eduard

Trifu Simona 1

Teodorescu Andreea 2 Voinescu Loredana Lusia 2 Carp George Eduard 4

  1. University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila, Bucharest, Romania 1

  2. University of Bucharest, FPSE, Bucharest, Romania 2

  3. Hospital for Psychiatry, Sapunari, Romania 4

Pages: 13-28

DOI: 10.18488/journal.98.2017.41.13.28

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Article History:

Received: 26 June, 2017
Revised: 27 July, 2017
Accepted: 09 August, 2017
Published: 28 August, 2017


Making a differential diagnosis between schizoaffective disorder  with major depressive episode and paranoid schizophrenia is difficult. The patient is at the threshold of neurotic versus psychotic, the intensity of ideation phenomenon being very high and specific to both disorders, it is required an assessment based on life and disorder history information, but also the emotional presence of the patient in the clinical interview. In this case study we suggest a literature comparison but also an evaluation profile of the disorder, marked by a psychiatric illness in which the person shows both affective symptoms (depressive or maniac) and symptoms of schizophrenia (such as delusions, hallucinations). Hypothesis: symptoms of the patient are oscillating between paranoid elements (paranoid schizophrenia) and affective elements (schizoaffective disorder). These oscillations are based on a fragile Ego structure with cognitive rigidity. The study outlines an immature-dependent personality profile, based on interpretativity, with passive-aggressive elements, hypersensitivity, psychotic operation and through psychotic elements manifested in the past (auditory hallucinations, as voices). Also, the basis of the transfer and counter-transference elements identified, the emotional resonance is low, with a risk of psychotic decompensation. Conclusions: Depressive schizoaffective disorder is characterized by presence of both depressive and schizophrenia symptoms in the same time period. Depressive symptoms includes: depressed mood, reduced interest, sluggishness, low energy, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, feelings of despair. During the same episode are present symptoms of schizophrenia: hallucinations, delusions of control, state of hyper-vigilance, delusions injury. Clinical examination cannot be a chance encounter because the history of mental suffering tight interfere with subject's essential history in that it creates a gap and that subjectivity psychiatric symptoms inferred immense emotional and personal participation of the subject.

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Schizoaffective disorder, Paranoid schizophrenia, Hypersensitivity, Prevalence, Psychotic episodes, Neurotransmitters.



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This study received no specific financial support.

Competing Interests:

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


All authors contributed equally to the conception and design of the study.

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