PSYCH 127A Chapter Notes - Chapter 13.4: Schizophreniform Disorder, Major Depressive Episode, Mood Disorder

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Delusional disorder - do not meet all symptom criteria for schizophrenia but have at least one month with delusions that are not bizarre. Beliefs about situations that could occur in real life, e. g. being poisoned or followed. Social and occupational functioning not impaired except for areas directly affected by delusional belief. Brief psychotic disorder - exhibit psychotic symptoms for at least a day but no more than one month. Accompanied by confusion and emotional turmoil, often following a markedly stressful event. After symptoms are resolved, person returns to same level of functioning prior to episode. Schizophreniform disorder - same diagnostic criteria as schizophrenia but duration is between 1 to 6 months. If person does not recover after 6 months, change diagnosis to schizophrenia. Patients fall between schizophrenia and mood disorder with psychotic features. Applies only to the description of a particular episode of disturbance. Does not describe overall course of the disorder.

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