January 2005
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p1953
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A definition of the term "schizophrenia" is presented. It refers to the thought disorder, marked by delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized speech and behavior by social withdrawal. Dysfunction is seen in areas such as interpersonal relations, self-care, and work or education. Schizophrenia remains a diagnosis of exclusion, as none of its clinical features are diagnostic. The onset occurs between late teens and the mid-thirties.


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