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ADVANCE IN PEDIATRICS
Year : 1996  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 231-235

Phenomenological Study of Late-Onset Schizophrenia


1 Junior Resident, Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore - 560 029, India
2 Senior Research Officer, Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore - 560 029, India
3 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore - 560 029, India
4 Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore - 560 029, India

Correspondence Address:
Y.C. Janardhan Reddy
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore - 560 029
India
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The phenomenological presentation of late-onset schizophrenia is a topic of considerable debate. This study aims to look at the clinical presentation of late-onset schizophrenia. Charts of all subjects who received a diagnosis of schizophrenia between January 1990 and December 1993 with age of onset being 45 or more were systematically analysed using the OPCRIT checklist. Of the 89 subjects chosen for analysis, 59 satisfied the ICD-10 DCR criteria for schizophrenia and formed the sample of the study. Of them, 20 were males and 39 were females. The mean age of onset for males was 51.6΁5.7 years and for females, 53.2΁6.7 years. The commonest phenomenon was persecutory delusion (83%) followed by delusion of influence and hallucinations in any modality (66%each). 53% of the subjects had third person auditory hallucinations, while 42% showed negative symptoms. Delusional perception and thought echo were not found in any subject. The implications of these phenomenological findings are discussed.



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