A Case Study in Undifferentiated Schizophrenia

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According to the DSM-IV-TR in order to diagnose schizophrenia, a person must exhibit two of the following symptoms for at least one month: hallucinations, delusions, catatonic disorganized or grossly disorganized behavior, disorganized speech and/or negative symptoms such as affective flattening, alogia, a decrease in speech or avolition, the lack of motivation (Meyer, Chapman & Weaver, 2009).

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A Case Study in Undifferentiated SchizophreniaIntroductionAccording to the DSM-IV-TR in order to diagnose schizophrenia, a person must exhibit two of the following symptoms for at least one month: hallucinations, delusions, catatonic disorganized or grossly disorganized behavior, disorganized speech and/or negative symptoms such as affective flattening, alogia, a decrease in speech or avolition, the lack of motivation (Meyer, Chapman & Weaver, 2009). If the hallucinations involve a running commentary of the individuals behavior or two or more voices conversing or if the delusions are bizarre, then only one symptom is needed to diagnose schizophrenia. Although the symptoms must be present for only one month, signs of the disorder must last at least six months.There are five subtypes of schizophrenia listed in the DSM-IV-TR: paranoid, disorganized, catatonic, undifferentiated and residual. The paranoid subtype is usually the less severe, and which the predominant symptoms are delusions or auditory hallucinations. The disorganized subtype is the most severe with markedly disorganized speech, a flat affect and disorganized behavior. In the catatonic subtype, the person is afflict

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