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  Oct 10, 2018

Schizophrenia Diagnosis

Diagnosis of schizophrenia can be challenging, as there is no specific test that will definitively determine if schizophrenia is responsible for the symptoms experienced by the patient.

In addition to this, some patients may try to hide their symptoms and are unlikely to report the condition themselves, leading to bystanders or loved ones reporting the condition to a medical professional.

If schizophrenia is suspected, the patient should be referred to a psychiatrist for help in diagnosing and treating the condition.

Medical History

A thorough medical history is the first step in the diagnosis of schizophrenia. This should include a description of the symptoms that have led to the belief that schizophrenia may be involved and a history of medical events.

It is important to establish a family history of psychological disorders such as schizophrenia, as there appears to be a genetic link in the development of the condition. This is not always the case, but an individual with a family history of schizophrenia is more likely to be affected.

In addition, it is worthwhile to question about the birth and infancy of the individual. Premature babies born with a low birth weight, or those with complications