Published on March 3rd, 2014 | from CAMH Education
FYPP Part Two: Identifying Psychosis
By Catherine Marshall, FYPP Clinic
(Last week) we introduced you to the CAMH FYPP Clinic. This week, we’re looking at early signs and identification of psychosis.
Early Course of First Psychosis
Mental and emotional changes are possible early signs that someone is at risk of developing psychosis and usually occur before more serious symptoms emerge. These early signs are vague and sometimes barely noticeable. The unexpected decline in a person’s usual way of functioning or relating to others is the most common sign of potential illness.
If any of the early signs of risk are present, it is important to seek help quickly; treatment should begin as soon as possible to ensure the greatest chance for recovery. By identifying and treating the early signs of risk, it is hoped that a first episode of psychosis might be delayed, prevented, or reduced in intensity.
Mental and emotional changes are early signs that someone could be at risk for psychosis. These changes usually happen before more serious symptoms develop.
- trouble concentrating or thinking clearly
- confusion about what is real or imaginary
- hearing voices or seeing things that aren’t really there
- feeling that the world has become strange and unreal
- preoccupation with religion or superstitions
- feeling suspicious or paranoid
- disorganized speech, racing thoughts or slowed-down thoughts
- irrational ideas of special identity or abilities
- problems with social activities, at work or at school
- withdrawal from family and friends
- flat emotions, decrease in facial expressions, monotone speech
If you think you need out help, referrals can be made by psychiatrists, family physicians, or other mental health professionals. We also accept direct self-referrals and referrals from concerned family members. It is important for the person to have a family physician in order to allow for continuity of care.
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