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During a medical history for schizophrenia, the health professional asks many different questions. The health professional will ask some general questions, such as:
The health professional will ask some questions specifically about unusual experiences, such as:
The health professional may also ask other questions to see whether a person has symptoms of other conditions, such as depression, anxiety, or heavy alcohol or illegal drug use. The health professional may specifically ask about the use of illegal drugs known to cause the same symptoms as schizophrenia, especially phencyclidine hydrochloride (PCP), methamphetamine, and cocaine.
The health professional will also ask questions about family history, including any history of schizophrenia or other mental illnesses.
The health professional may also ask to interview one or more family members. During these interviews, the health professional may ask the family member(s) to describe the actions and behaviors of the person who has symptoms that may be caused by schizophrenia.
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