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Other Psychotic Disorders
Other psychotic disorders
Schizophreniform Disorder

Schizophreniform disorder is characterized by the same symptoms as schizophrenia. The difference between schizophreniform disorder and schizophrenia, therefore, is not in measures of phenomenology or severity, but rather in the length of time an individual has been suffering from psychotic symptomatology. In our view, the creation of the diagnosis, schizophreniform disorder, is probably an attempt to reduce over diagnosis of schizophrenia. Although the condition is considered to be part of the differential diagnosis for schizophrenia it has not been a subject of extensive scientific study. Relatively little is known about schizophreniform disorder.

Despite this fact, we feel the issues surrounding schizophreniform disorder are important for clinicians working with children and adolescents because of the large number of people who experience ...

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