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How do doctors tell if a young man has schizophrenia?

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Dr. Mara Fiorentino answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Schizophrenia: By the presence of hallucinations, delusions, disorganized speech, disorganized or catatonic behavior, alogia, avolition, decline in social, educational or occupational performance and at least six month - period of symptoms, in the absence of a substance abuse disorder or a causative medical condition. The diagnosis of schizophrenia is difficult to reach at all ages, more often in young adults.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Formal evaluation: Schizophrenia has positive, negative & cognitive sxs. A person with positive sxs loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative sxs: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of every day functions; losing motivation; inability to carry out plans & isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding what is going on.

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