During a medical history for
schizophrenia, the health professional asks many
different questions. The health professional will ask some general questions,
The health professional will ask some questions specifically about
unusual experiences, such as:
The health professional may also ask other questions to see whether a
person has symptoms of other conditions, such as
anxiety, or heavy alcohol or illegal drug use. The
health professional may specifically ask about the use of illegal drugs known
to cause the same symptoms as schizophrenia, especially phencyclidine
hydrochloride (PCP), methamphetamine, and cocaine.
The health professional will also ask questions about family history,
including any history of schizophrenia or other mental illnesses.
The health professional may also ask to interview one or more family
members. During these interviews, the health professional may ask the family
member(s) to describe the actions and behaviors of the person who has symptoms
that may be caused by schizophrenia.
August 31, 2012
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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