Characteristics Of Schizophrenia

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A doctor will make a diagnosis of schizophrenia based on a patients symptoms and how long they have lasted.

Diagnostic Criteria

Psychiatrists use as diagnostic criteria:

  • If a patient has at least one active flare-up lasting a month or more. The flare-up consists of at least two characteristic symptoms (such as hallucinations, delusions, evidence of disorganized thinking and speaking, and emotional unresponsiveness with a flat speaking tone). If the patient has particularly bizarre...
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