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(p. 35) What Diagnoses Are Associated with Psychosis? 

(p. 35) What Diagnoses Are Associated with Psychosis?
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(p. 35) What Diagnoses Are Associated with Psychosis?
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Beth Broussard

, and Michael T. Compton

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190920685.003.0003
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date: 13 April 2021

In this chapter we discuss the different diagnoses associated with psychosis. Schizophrenia is one of several primary psychotic disorders, a group of psychiatric disorders that primarily cause psychosis. Other disorders can cause psychotic symptoms—or symptoms similar to these—but are not considered psychotic disorders. A few examples of such disorders are major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and some substance-related disorders. It is often difficult to make a specific diagnosis when long-term information is not available at first. In instances in which a definitive diagnosis is uncertain, a working diagnosis allows the healthcare provider to begin effective treatments for psychosis even before a more certain diagnosis is made.

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