J Clin Outcomes Manage
Early detection, assessment, and optimal treatment of first episode of psychosis
Abstract Objective: To present the principles and practices of early intervention for psychosis. Methods: Review of the literature. Results: Psychosis typically begins in young adulthood and may lead to disability that lasts a lifetime. Classic symptoms of psychosis include hallucinations, delusions, and disordered thinking. There is evidence that delay in treatment is correlated with poorer outcomes. Components of early intervention services include low-dose antipsychotic medication, case management or care coordination, family education, and psychosocial intervention. Pharmacotherapy is the cornerstone of early intervention and considered the first line of treatment for a first episode of psychosis. Conclusion: Clinicians must learn to recognize psychosis and prevent delay in treatment.
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