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Drug-Induced Schizophrenia?

09/06/2008

Question:

Is there such a thing as drug-induced schizophrenia? My brother told me that he was diagnosed with drug-induced schizophrenia. I did not know very much about mental health and so I did not think anything of this statement. Since that time, my daughter has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. My mother also suffered from mental illness. Now, I would like to know more about my brother`s condition. Unfortunely, I have not heard from my brother in eight years, even though I have done many searches for him.

Answer:

Unfortunately without more information, any response would only be speculating. That said, some patients with bipolar disorder (with psychotic symptoms) may be confused for schizophrenia.

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Response by:

Stephen F Pariser, MD Stephen F Pariser, MD
Faculty Emeritus
Professor of Psychiatry
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University