Family and Caregiver Schizophrenia Discussion Forum

Discussion of APA Schizophrenia Practice Guideline Statement 2: Quantitative Measures

This section is all about assessing symptoms based on questionnaires. The strength of symptoms can be referred to over time to see what good treatments (meds) are doing.

One that is mentioned is PANSS (Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale). This one and several others are discussed.

I don’t know if my son has had a questionnaire administered by his psychiatrist. He’s never mentioned it. Has anyone else had a psychiatrist who uses these “rating scales” (as the guideline refers to them) to measure progress?

This is another recommendation, so you might think it would be commonly done.