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How is schizophrenia diagnosed?

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A person is considered to have schizophrenia if they have characteristic symptoms that last for at least 6 months.

Psychiatrists and psychologists use specially designed interviews and assessment tools. The therapist bases their diagnosis on the person's and family's report of symptoms and on their observations of the person's attitude and behavior.

While there are no lab tests to specifically diagnose schizophrenia, a doctor may use the person's medical history as well as blood tests or brain imaging studies to rule out another illness or intoxication as the cause of the symptoms.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

MedicineNet.com: "Schizophrenia."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Schizophrenia."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Schizophrenia."

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation: "Schizophrenia."

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 21, 2020

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

MedicineNet.com: "Schizophrenia."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Schizophrenia."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Schizophrenia."

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation: "Schizophrenia."

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 21, 2020

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