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    How is schizophrenia diagnosed?

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    Dr Susan Rowe

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    Dr Susan Rowe is a Director of Mindhack psychology clinic where she also works as a clinician. Dr Susan is a specialist in providing effective … View Profile

    There are specific behavioural and physical symptoms that those with schizophrenia experience. Therefore, there are guidelines that are used to determine if someone has a mental health disorder, such as schizophrenia. The classification systems used are called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association and the International Classification of Disease (ICD) published by the World Health Organisation. However, everyone has variations in the severity and symptoms they may experience, as with any mental health concern. Schizophrenia is generally diagnosed by a Psychiatrist, who is a doctor that specilises in mental health. If you or anyone you know is concerned about any symptoms they are experiencing, speak with you General Practitioner (GP) who can help assess the concerns and provide you with referrals. 

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