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Help our Kids Cope with the Challenges of Today! 

September 15, 2021

Help our Kids Cope with the Challenges of Today!

Learn How to Recognize First Episode Psychosis

And What To Do Next

What is Psychosis?

Psychosis is characterized as disruptions to a person’s thoughts and perceptions that make it difficult for them to recognize what is real and what isn’t. Experiencing the first episode of psychosis can be scary! But early treatment is critical to long term health. Families are often the first to spot early warning signs.

It's More Common Than You Think!

In the U.S., around 100,000 young people experience psychosis each year.
3 in 100 people will have an episode of psychosis at some point in their lives.

Early Warning Signs

  • A worrisome drop in grades or job performance
  • Trouble thinking clearly or concentrating
  • Suspiciousness or uneasiness with others
  • A decline in self-care or personal hygiene
  • Spending a lot more time alone than usual
  • Strong, inappropriate emotions or having no feelings at all

Signs of Psychosis

  • Hearing, seeing, tasting or believing things that others don’t
    • Hearing voices
    • Strange sensations or unexplainable feelings
    • Seeing glimpses of objects or people that are not there or distortions
  • Persistent, unusual thoughts or beliefs that can’t be set aside regardless of what others believe
    • Believing external forces are controlling thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
    • Believing that trivial remarks, events, or objects have personal meaning or significance
    • Thinking you have special powers or are one a special mission
  • Strong and inappropriate emotions or no emotions at all
  • Withdrawing from family or friends
  • A sudden decline in self-care
  • Trouble thinking clearly or concentrating
  • Disorganized speech

Early Intervention Matters

Research has shown significant success using a treatment approach called Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC), the approach used in Metrocare’s Enhanced Program for Early Psychosis (ePEP). A team of health professionals and specialists work with a person to create a personal treatment plan based on life goals while involving family members as much as possible and has the following components:

  • Case management
  • Family support and education
  • Psychotherapy
  • Medication management
  • Supported education and employment
  • Peer support

 

Sources and additional resources:

https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Mental-Health-Conditions/Psychosis
https://childmind.org/article/first-episode-psychosis-early-treatment-critical/

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