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What is undifferentiated schizophrenia?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
When people have symptoms of schizophrenia, they often display strange behaviors or ways of speaking and may appear to be completely out of touch with reality. Often, people with schizophrenia can be classified into one type or another. For instance, some people have prominently paranoid symptoms and are called paranoid schizophrenics. Others have catatonic symptoms and are called catatonic schizophrenics. However, people who show a mix of symptoms that fall into the various types, such as hallucinations, disorganized thoughts and behaviors, and flat affect, are considered to have undifferentiated schizophrenia because they don't fit into a specific subgroup of the illness.

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