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Are there different types of schizophrenia?

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Doctors who specialize in mental health used to divide schizophrenia into different subtypes. But that system didn’t work well. Now, experts talk about schizophrenia as a spectrum disorder. It's a group of related mental disorders that share some symptoms. The main disorder is schizophrenia. It includes all the previous subtypes: catatonic, disorganized, paranoid, residual, and undifferentiated.

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Schizophrenia," "DSM-5 Overview: The Future Manual."

Tandon, R. October 2013. Schizophrenia Research,

NAMI: "Diagnostic Criteria for Schizophrenia."

Cleveland Clinic: "Schizophreniform Disorder," "Schizoaffective Disorder."

Malaspina, D. October 2013. Schizophrenia Research,

Pelizza, L. September 2010. Acta Biomedica,

William T. Carpenter, MD, professor of psychiatry and pharmacy, University of Maryland School of Medicine and Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, Baltimore, MD.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 30, 2020

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Schizophrenia," "DSM-5 Overview: The Future Manual."

Tandon, R. October 2013. Schizophrenia Research,

NAMI: "Diagnostic Criteria for Schizophrenia."

Cleveland Clinic: "Schizophreniform Disorder," "Schizoaffective Disorder."

Malaspina, D. October 2013. Schizophrenia Research,

Pelizza, L. September 2010. Acta Biomedica,

William T. Carpenter, MD, professor of psychiatry and pharmacy, University of Maryland School of Medicine and Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, Baltimore, MD.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 30, 2020

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