Psychosis spectrum disorders associated with schizophrenia usually affects individuals for the first time in their late teens or early adulthood. Even before the first episode of psychosis (FEP), individuals may show slight changes in their behavior or thought process. This is called the prodromal period and could last days, weeks, months, or even years.
Psychosis spectrum disorders don’t just suddenly start. It usually follows this pattern:
Gradual changes in the way an individual thinks about and understands the world. The patient or their family members may notice:
Display of other signs of early psychosis spectrum disorders, including:
Psychotic episodes that include: