Psychotic symptomatology: Clinical features, assessment and differential diagnosis

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Successful management of patients with psychosis requires accurate identification of the condition underlying their symptoms. Psychotic symptoms, however, not only overlap with a wide array of medical and neurological conditions but can also be attributable to the use of substances. The clinical approach to the diagnosis of psychotic disorders is a multifaceted procedure involving the consideration of a broad differential diagnosis. This chapter is an overview of current assessment principles for patients who present with symptoms of psychosis. By illustrating different conditions that commonly co-occur with psychosis, or of which psychosis is a defining symptom, it aims to inform diagnostic decisions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsychosis
Subtitle of host publicationCauses, Diagnosis and Treatment
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9781620815168
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012


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