Schizophreniform disorder is closely related to schizophrenia, the difference being the longevity of the symptoms. In schizophrenia, the symptoms must be present for over 6 months and continue on in perpetuity. In schizophreniform disorder, the symptoms wax and wane, and last for a period of time between one and six months.
The symptoms of schizophreniform disorder are the same as those of schizophrenia. They include:
- Lack of emotion
- Hallucinations and/or delusions
- Lack of social functioning and motivation
- Speech issues, including scattered speech or an inability to speak
- Catatonic or disorganized thoughts and behaviour
Schizophreniform disorder can be treated in several different ways, including behavioural therapy and psychotherapy. Mood stabilizers and antipsychotic medications are sometimes effective as well. The best methods of treatments can be determined by an assessment conducted by one of Insight Psychological’s trained therapists.
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