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Unspecified Catatonia and Unspecified Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorder

Rashmi Nemade, Ph.D. & Mark Dombeck, Ph.D., edited by Kathryn Patricelli, MA

Unspecified Catatonia

This is used when the symptoms of catatonia are causing significant stress or are affecting the person's work/school activities or relationships with others, but one of the following is also true:

  • it is unclear what mental disorder or medical disorder may be causing the symptoms
  • full criteria for catatonia are not met (less than 3 symptoms happening)
  • there isn't enough information yet to make a more specific diagnosis

Unspecified Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorder

This category is used when symptoms cause significant distress in the person's life, but do not meet full criteria for any of the disorders in the schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders classification. It is also used for situations where the clinician is choosing not to be specific about the reason symptoms don't meet criteria, or when there is not enough information yet to make another diagnosis.


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