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          Criteria for a Diagnosis of Psychosis

          February 23, 2010

          On the show “Surrogate Mom Faces Her Critics,” Shelly says that she kept the babies she carried for intended parents Amy and Scott Kehoe because Amy allegedly withheld the fact that she has a mental illness.

          Dr. Phil says that too often, people with mental disorders are unfairly stigmatized. Below is the criteria for a diagnosis of psychosis.

          According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, IV-R (284-285), the “psychotic” disorder is basically referred to as a schizophrenia label. The criteria are:

          A) Two or more of the following:  
          1. Delusions
          2. Hallucinations
          3. Disorganized speech
          4. Grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior
          5. Negative symptoms  

          B) Social/Occupation dysfunction  

          C) Duration of symptoms for at least six months  

          D) Schizoaffective and mood disorders exclusions
           
          E) Substance abuse exclusion
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