reactive schizophrenia

noun Psychiatry.

a type of schizophrenia of rapid onset and brief duration that occurs in response to environmental factors.

Origin of reactive schizophrenia

First recorded in 1960–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Medical definitions for reactive schizophrenia

reactive schizophrenia


A severe form of schizophrenia that is distinguished from process schizophrenia by its more acute onset, greater correlation with environmental stress, and better prognosis.
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