The DSM-III diagnosis of schizophrenic-like illness and the clinical pharmacology of psychosis

C. A. Tamminga, W. T. Carpenter

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The classification of schizophrenia-related psychoses under DSM-III into five classes - schizophrenia itself, schizophreniform psychoses, schizoaffective disorders, brief reactive psychoses, and atypical psychoses - classifies groups of psychotic individuals with few distinct pharmacological characteristics. Although ideally established disease entities imply a specific pharmacological regimen, only broad guidelines can be provided in matching an efficacious drug regimen with a diagnostic category. For this reason individualization of pharmacotherapy by each practicing physician is encouraged.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)744-751
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1982


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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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