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Yes, hello. I was diagnosed with psychotic disorder NOS because I recently had a psychotic episode (I'm better now, but I still have to take Risperdal PRN). I don't think the doctors wanted to diagnose me with any other psychotic disorder like schizophrenia or schizoaffective because I'm so young. What were the reasons for your diagnosis?

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I'm not too familiar with psychotic disorder NOS. The only thing I do know about it is maybe your psychotic symptoms don't fit neatly into either the schizophrenia or schizo-affective criteria. In order to be diagnosed with schizophrenia, you must present with symptoms for at least 6 months. A lot of people with PNOS go on to be diagnosed with sz-affective or schiozphrenia. What types of psychotic symptoms do you have?

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This is a pretty good description:

Psychotic Disorder Not Otherwised Specified (NOS)


This category includes psychotic symptomatology (i.e., delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior) about which there is inadequate information to make a specific diagnosis or about which there is contradictory information, or disorders with psychotic symptoms that do not meet the criteria for any specific psychotic disorder.

Examples include:

Postpartum psychosis.

Psychotic symptoms that have lasted for less than 1 month but that have not yet remitted, so that the criteria for Brief Psychotic Disorder are not met.

Persistent auditory hallucinations in the absence of any other features.

Persistent nonbizarre delusions with periods of overlapping mood episodes that have been present for a substantial portion of the delusional disturbance.

Situations in which the clinician has concluded that some type of psychotic disorder may be present, but is unable to determine whether it is primary, due to a general medical condition, or substance induced.

Criteria summarized from:

American Psychiatric Association. (1994). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fourth edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.

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