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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can a person suffering with schizophrenia not have delusions, just hallucinations?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Yes: It is possible, especially early on, to have hallucinations without delusions.
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Dr. Momen El Nesr
Addiction Medicine 40 years experience
Possible: Possible, but other symptoms need to be present.
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Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Yes They Can: According to the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (dsm-iv-tr), to be diagnosed with schizophrenia two or more of the following symptoms must be present: delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, grossly disorganized behavior, and negative symptoms such as a blunted affect or avolution. So the answer to your question is yes. Other criteria exist for definitive diagnosis.
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