Diagnosis of Schizophrenia
by Amy Scholten, MPH
There are no tests for schizophrenia. Your doctor may think you have it based on certain symptoms. Other illnesses, mental health problems, and substance abuse will need to be ruled out. Psychosis can happen with many health problems. Also, many mental health problems have similar symptoms. You will have a:
The doctor will look for certain factors that suggest schizophrenia. The American Psychiatric Association requires some or all of the following:
You may be asked if you have lasting problems with:
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Last reviewed December 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD
Last Updated: 8/15/2019
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