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Schizophreniform Disorder

The criteria for this disorder, as described in the DSM-IV-TR, are essentially identical to those of Schizophrenia, except that its total duration is less than 6 months (and more than 1 month), and there need not be any significant impairment in the person's ability to function in their life roles or to participate in their relationships and in social situations. 

Schizophreniform Disorder is specified as being with Good Prognostic Factors if two or more of the following conditions are met:

  • The psychotic symptoms began abruptly, meaning that a clear difference between the person's normal state and their psychotic state was apparent over a span of less than 4 weeks.
  • At the height of the psychotic symptoms the person seemed also very confused or perplexed.
  • The person had been functioning at a high level socially and at work or school prior to the onset of the symptoms.
  • During the Schizophreniform episode the person did not have a blunted or flat affect (ie. a lack of emotional expression).


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Brief Psychotic Disorder

Acute and Transient Psychotic Disorders (ATPD)