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What will the doctor do to diagnose schizophrenia?

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The first thing your doctor will want to do is perform a psychological evaluation and a complete medical exam. This will allow the doctor or specialist to track your loved one’s symptoms over about six months to rule out other possible conditions, such as bipolar disorder, and other possible causes.

The doctor may also want to do a blood test to make sure that alcohol or drug abuse isn’t causing the symptoms. A test that scans the body and brain, such as an MRI or CT scan, might also help eliminate other problems, like a brain tumor.

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association,  , fourth edition, text revision (DSM-IV-TR), American Psychiatric Association, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Keith, S.  , 1991. Schizophrenia Bulletin

Andreasen, N.  , 1991. Schizophrenia Bulletin

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Schizophrenia.”

Mayo Clinic: “Schizophrenia, tests and diagnosis.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on January 13, 2019

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association,  , fourth edition, text revision (DSM-IV-TR), American Psychiatric Association, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Keith, S.  , 1991. Schizophrenia Bulletin

Andreasen, N.  , 1991. Schizophrenia Bulletin

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Schizophrenia.”

Mayo Clinic: “Schizophrenia, tests and diagnosis.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on January 13, 2019

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