What is the outlook for people with schizophreniform disorder?

People with schizophreniform disorder recover within six months. If the symptoms do not improve, the person likely has schizophrenia, which is a lifelong illness.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 04/21/2014.


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