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what is the average time for a psychiatrist to diagnose a person with schizophrenia and other similar disorders?

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Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology 58 years experience
NOT LONG!!: Significant psychiatric disorders can usually be diagnosed in a matter of minutes by an experienced psychiatrist. Occasionally certain tests or medication response may help in establishing the diagnosis.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
"Working" diagnosis: One might note symptomatic criteria & mental status findings for diagnoses like schizophrenia -- leading to a "working diagnosis" in the first session. However, an experienced psychiatrist would also want to gather corroborating history from the patient's family and/or significant others, plus follow the person over time. This important data could either support or refute the initial diagnosis.
Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 23 years experience
Thorough evaluation: Usually a psychiatrist will spend an hour to perform a through psychiatric interview, then order a broad range of laboratory tests to complete the evaluation. In this manner, a psychiatric brain illness usually can be clearly determined.
Dr. William Marchand
Psychiatry 35 years experience
It depends: Many times a diagnosis can be made on the basis of a single evaluation ( 1 - 2 hours ). However in more complicated cases it can take several visits or even longer.

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