Shorter-term. It's considered one of the psychotic disorders, similar to schizophrenia. The difference is that an episode of this disorder lasts between 1 and 6 months.
Heredity. Schizophreniform d/o basically means someone who has signs and symptoms consistent with schizophrenia, but for less than six months. There can be other conditions including physical ailments which can mimic the symptoms of schizophrenia. Be sure and see a board certified psychiatrist and good luck.
Schizophreniform. Basically schizophrenia symptoms that occur more than a month but less than 6 months. So in some cases can be considered an early diagnosis that can turn into a diagnosis of schizophrenia, or in other cases is a transient case likely due to some other factor. Delusion, hallucinations, disorganized speech and/or behavior and shallow or blunted emotions are among the important symptoms.
Antipsychotics. Schizophreniform disorder is, essentially, the early stages of schizophrenia, with symptoms lasting no more than 6 months and not necessarily causing major impairment. About 1/3 recover within 6 months; the remaining 2/3 go on to a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder..