Schizophrenia – Exploring Early Diagnosis and Treatment Options
Schizophrenia is one of the top 15 leading causes of disability throughout the world. It is a mental illness characterized by alterations to people’s thought and behavior which can include psychosis – a condition which makes it difficult for them to recognise what is real and what isn’t.
These symptoms often begin in late teens to mid-twenties and early treatment means better recovery. Early intervention, before psychosis develops in schizophrenia patients is thought to delay or even prevent the transition to psychosis and improve outcomes.
We are talking to Dr Monica E. Calkins, Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, to explore early indicators and discuss advances in early identification, prevention and finding more effective treatment of schizophrenia.