Saturday, January 11, 2014

How I remember duration of brief psychotic disorder, schizophreniform & schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is diagnosed if the symptoms persist for 6 months or more.

Brief psychotic disorder is when the duration of symptoms is less than one month.

If the symptoms have persisted for at least one month and last less than 6 months of onset, the diagnosis of schizophreniform disorder is made.

I think about the alphabetical order - B comes before F so Brief psychotic disorder is followed by schizophreniForm disorder!

That's all for this super short post!

Update: Someone asked me where schizotypal and schizoid personality disorders fit in.. Although the names sound quite familiar, the duration of the disorder has nothing to do in this case. The symptoms tell you which disorder you are dealing with. I am not going into details of the symptoms, although a helpful mnemonic is "Schizoids avoid"


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