Chapter 8

Experiencing Psychosis: Schizophrenia Spectrum

Set E


One of the main classes of drugs used for the treatment of psychotic symptoms.

Orienting Response

A physiological reaction consisting of changes in skin conductance, brain activity, heart rate and blood pressure.

Nihilistic Delusions

Delusions where individuals believe that some aspect of either the world or themselves has ceased to exist (e.g. the person may believe that they are in fact dead).

Personal Therapy

A broad-based cognitive behaviour programme that is designed to help individuals with the skills needed to adapt to day-to-day living after discharge from hospital.


A group of antipsychotic drugs that help to alleviate the symptoms of psychosis by blocking the brain’s dopamine receptor sites and so reduce dopamine activity.


Made up words, frequently constructed by condensing or combining several words.

Paranoid Schizophrenia

A sub-type of schizophrenia characterized by the presence of delusions of persecution.

Persecutory Delusions

Delusions in which the individual believes they are being persecuted, spied upon, or are in danger (usually as the result of a conspiracy of some kind).