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Can a person have more than one type of schizophrenia?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Sometimes, people with schizophrenia experience several groups of symptoms at the same time. When more than one group of symptoms are prominent, a person may be diagnosed with undifferentiated schizophrenia. Over time, a person's predominant type of schizophrenia may change.

According to the Merck Manuals Online Medical Library, people with schizophrenia can be classified into several different groups, based on their symptoms. When one group of symptoms is more apparent than another, they are considered to have a specific type of schizophrenia. For instance, people with paranoia as a predominant symptom may be classified as having paranoid schizophrenia. The other types of schizophrenia include:

- disorganized schizophrenia      
- catatonic schizophrenia          
- residual schizophrenia

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