Is AIWS a form of schizophrenia?


Alice in Wonderland syndrome (AIWS) is not considered a form of schizophrenia. AIWS is a rare neurological condition that can cause a person to experience perceptual distortions, such as seeing objects as much smaller or larger than they actually are, or feeling as though their own body is shrinking or growing.

Schizophrenia, on the other hand, is a mental illness that is characterized by a range of symptoms, including hallucinations, delusions, disordered thinking, and abnormal behaviors. While AIWS and schizophrenia can both involve perceptual disturbances, they are distinct conditions with different underlying causes and diagnostic criteria.

It is important to note that experiencing symptoms of AIWS does not necessarily indicate a mental illness or psychological disorder, and in many cases, the symptoms are temporary and resolve on their own. However, if you or someone you know is experiencing persistent or distressing perceptual distortions or other symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention from a qualified healthcare provider.

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