Schizophrenia-like Conditions

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Delusional Disorder, Brief psychotic disorder and Schizophreniform Disorder

Schizophrenia is the most well-known condition of the psychotic disorders but there are a range of conditions that involve psychosis and other schizophrenia-like symptoms. Today psychiatrists often think of schizophrenia as a spectrum of illnesses alongside other psychotic disorders in which one may lead to another.

These other psychotic illnesses include the following:

  • Delusional disorder: This involves the person having delusions for atleast 1 month but there are no other psychotic symptoms
  • Brief psychotic disorder: This occurs when symptoms of psychosis (auditory, visual hallucinations, paranoia) last for longer than a day but less than a month
  • Schizophreniform disorder: This occurs when symptoms of schizophrenia last for less than 6 months. This usually leads to schizophrenia at the 6 month interval
  • Schizoaffective disorder: This involves symptoms of schizophrenia, but it also includes and must have significant mood symptoms such as depression or mania


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