Current Psychiatry Reports

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 324–331

Psychopathological assessment of schizophrenia: Relevance for classification



Considerable effort has been focused on updating the clinical aspects of psychiatric classifications based on recent progress in the field of neurobiology. In this article, recent developments in the primary assessment methods within clinical psychiatry, which are based in phenomenological psychopathology, are reviewed as nosotaxies that are still embedded in clinical description. New directions for research on psychopathology are outlined to elicit better descriptions of subjective experience from patients. Finally, the known limitations of the Kraepelinian dichotomy are summarized, and future problems related to the inclusion of the new dimensional assessment methods in the next psychiatric classifications are described.


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© Current Medicine Group, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychiatric UnitVirgen del Camino HospitalPamplonaSpain

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