Magid points out that by relying on the diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, a jury could have been misled to believe that the other symptoms of schizophrenia were present when they were not, such as: auditory hallucinations (hearing voices that are not there) and delusions which were the result of “organic compulsion.” More often, one thinks of schizophrenia as a disorder over which the person has no conscious control. Since only two symptoms are necessary for the diagnosis, and the definitions are broad, a jury hearing the diagnosis could be problematic.


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