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    What Is Schizophreniform Disorder?

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    Treatment

    Medication and psychotherapy (a type of counseling) are both used. People with severe symptoms or who are at risk of hurting themselves or others may need to be hospitalized to get their condition under control.

    Medication: Antipsychotic drugs are the main medications that doctors use to treat the psychotic symptoms of schizophreniform disorder, such as delusions, hallucinations, and disordered thinking.

    Psychotherapy: The goal is to help the person recognize and learn about the illness and its treatment, set goals, and manage everyday problems related to the condition. It can also help the person handle the feelings of distress linked to the symptoms. Family therapy can help families deal more effectively with a loved one who has schizophreniform disorder.

    What to Expect

    People with schizophreniform disorder recover within 6 months. If the symptoms don’t improve, the person likely has schizophrenia, which is a lifelong illness. According to the American Psychiatric Association, about two-thirds of people with schizophreniform disorder go on to develop schizophrenia at some point.

    Can Schizophreniform Disorder Be Prevented?

    There is no way to prevent schizophreniform disorder. But early diagnosis and treatment are very important, because they can help to limit damage to the person’s life, family, and other relationships.

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    Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on February 27, 2016
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