DSM-III

For more information, see Paranoid Disorders

The essential feature is a Paranoid Disorder of less than six months' duration. It is most commonly seen in individuals who have experienced drastic changes in their environment, such as immigrants, refugees, prisoners of war, inductees into military services, or people leaving home for the first time. The onset is usually relatively sudden and the condition rarely becomes chronic.

Diagnostic Criteria

A. Meets the criteria for Paranoid Disorder.

B. Duration of less than six months.

C. Does not meet the criteria for Shared Paranoid Disorder.

DSM-IV

See Delusional Disorder

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