Diagnosis of Schizophrenia

Before a diagnosis of schizophrenia can be made, your doctor must rule out other illnesses. People can suffer severe mental symptoms and even psychosis due to underlying medical conditions that have not been detected.
It is often difficult to differentiate one mental disorder from another as many psychiatric illnesses share similar features and symptoms. Obtaining an early and accurate diagnosis is extremely important for patients
People who are diagnosed early are able to:
Diagnosis includes the following:
Diagnosis is often based on the criteria outlined in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). In order to be diagnosed with schizophrenia, you must have psychotic symptoms for at least six months and show increasing difficulty in functioning normally.


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