Chapter 8

Experiencing Psychosis: Schizophrenia Spectrum

Set C

Family Psycho-education

Family intervention designed to educate the family about the nature and symptoms of psychosis and how to cope with the difficulties that arise from living with someone with a diagnosis.

Frontal Lobe

One of four parts of the cerebrum that control voluntary movement, verbal expressions, problem solving, will power and planning.

First-Generation Antipsychotic Drugs

Developed in the 1940s and 1950s, when a number of researchers discovered that antihistamine drugs used to combat allergies also helped to calm patients before surgery.

Grandiose Delusions

Delusions in which the individual believes they are someone with fame or power or have exceptional abilities, wealth or fame.

Hallucinations

A sensory experience in which a person can see, hear, smell, taste or feel something that isn’t there.

Expressed Emotion (EE)

A qualitative measure of the ‘amount’ of emotion displayed, typically in the family setting, usually by a family or caretakers.

Genetic Linkage Analyses

A method of identifying individual genes which works by comparing the inheritance of characteristics for which gene location is known (e.g. eye colour) with the inheritance of psychopathology symptoms.

Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS)

Technique which allows researchers to identify rare mutations in genes that might give rise to psychotic symptoms.