Psychotic disorders can be misunderstood or misdiagnosed by clinicians that deal with children, including clinical social workers, counselors, child psychiatrists, and child psychologists. Many times it is difficult for a mental health professional to determine whether the problematic behaviors exhibited are the result of an altered normal developmental process or the result of a serious mental disorder. This book provides professionals and students with the specific information needed to assess better the exact nature of what is affecting the young patient.

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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