Taxonomies exist in every industry from science to information management to healthcare. Classifications provide direction and consistency. Recently researchers have identified psychosis subgroups that may inform ongoing efforts to redefine the psychosis taxonomy using updated criteria. Healio brought this news to our attention in their article, “Five new subgroups may change psychosis taxonomy.”

Schizophrenia and bipolar diagnoses have classified patients according to shared patterns of psychiatric history, illness courses and symptoms. Despite some evidence indicating otherwise, these categories drive clinical practice and research. As a result, researchers have questioned the existing taxonomy, with new psychosis configurations currently under consideration.

However, some new discoveries are shining a light on areas that were once considered settled. Because they show a different way to think about individuals who had been suffering from psychosis for many years, re-categorizing people helped to detect hidden illness trajectories and genetic associations.

Melody K. Smith

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