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Term: Psychotic Disorders

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2016-11-21


Psychotic disorders in children is a broad term used to describe a group of disorders that are characterized by extreme impairment of the ability to think clearly, respond emotionally, communicate effectively, understand reality, and behave appropriately. Symptoms associated with psychotic disorders include delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized speech or behaviour (American Psychiatric Association, 2013; Sikich, 2013). Included in the definition of psychotic disorders used in Chartier et al. (2016) are schizophrenia, delusional and psychotic disorders.

For more information, see the Psychotic Disorders - Measuring Prevalence concept.

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  • American Psychiatric Association. Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria from DSM-5. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing; 2013.(View)
  • Chartier M, Brownell M, MacWilliam L, Valdivia J, Nie Y, Ekuma O, Burchill C, Hu M, Rajotte L, Kulbaba C. The Mental Health of Manitoba's Children. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2016. [Report] [Summary] [Additional Materials] (View)
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  • Brownell M, Nickel N, Turnbull L, Au W, Ekuma O, MacWilliam L, McCulloch S, Valdivia J, Boram Lee J, Wall-Wieler E, Enns J. The Overlap Between the Child Welfare and Youth Criminal Justice Systems: Documenting "Cross-Over Kids" in Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2020. [Report] [Summary] [Updates and Errata] [Additional Materials] (View)

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