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Is schizophreniform disorder related to schizophrenia?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Schizophrenia and schizophreniform disorder share many of the same symptoms. However, there is one key difference. A diagnosis of schizophreniform disorder is given to people who have the symptoms of schizophrenia, but the symptoms only have only been present for one to six months. In order to be diagnosed with schizophrenia, one's symptoms must cause great difficulty for the person for at least six months.

Symptoms that occur with schizophreniform disorder are the same as schizophrenia, including:

- seeing and hearing things that are not real
- worrying that others are plotting to cause harm
- flat emotional expression
- talking and behaving in odd or inappropriate ways
- social isolation and trouble relating to others
- poor hygiene and trouble taking care of one's self
- trouble thinking clearly and remembering things

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