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Related to schizophreniform disorder: brief psychotic disorder, Shared psychotic disorder
a mental disorder with the signs and symptoms of schizophrenia but duration of less than six months.
1. a disorder with essential features that are identical with those of schizophrenia, with the exception that the duration including prodromal, active, and residual phases is shorter than 6 months.
2. a DSM diagnosis that is established when the specified criteria are met.
Etymology: Gk, schizein + phren + L, forma, form
a DSM-IV psychiatric disorder exhibiting the same symptoms as schizophrenia but characterized by an acute onset with resolution in 4 weeks to 6 months.
schizophreniform disorder295.40 DSM-IV Psychiatry A schizophrenia-like condition that is identical to schizophrenia except: (1) the total duration of the illness–including prodromal, active and residual phases–is ≥ 1 month, but < 6 months and (2) impaired social and occupational functioning during some part of the illness is not required;1/3 of Pts with SD recover completely; the rest progress to schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. See Schizophrenia.
A short-term variation of schizophrenia that has a total duration of one to six months.
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