Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders: Treatment

This entry provides an overview of treatments targeting schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders, a revised class of disorders in which the primary symptoms are psychotic, as delineated in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition. The subset of disorders in this entry include brief psychotic disorder, schizophreniform disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, delusional disorder, substance/medication-induced psychotic disorder, psychotic disorder due to another medical condition, schizotypal personality disorder, and both specified and unspecified schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders.

Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders share a common pool of symptoms known as psychotic symptoms. Psychotic symptoms—most commonly those of sensation, perception, behavior, affect, and cognition—exist on a continuum with human experience and reflect altered interpretations of the source and meaning of a given ...

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