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Teen mental health question. If you catch a schizophrenic early, can you save him?

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Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry
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In brief: Early Rx Is Desired

Several recent studies have shown that early treatment of schizophrenia can lead to a significant reduction in symptoms and therefore a better prognosis.
Schizophrenia per se is not curable, but early intervention may "save" the individual from the ravages of this potentially crippling mental disorder.

In brief: Early Rx Is Desired

Several recent studies have shown that early treatment of schizophrenia can lead to a significant reduction in symptoms and therefore a better prognosis.
Schizophrenia per se is not curable, but early intervention may "save" the individual from the ravages of this potentially crippling mental disorder.
Dr. Robert Woods
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Dr. Jordan Balter
Another factor to consider is that better outcome with early treatment is associated with early, rapid onset psychosis. Some people develop the symptoms of schizophrenia, like overt delusions and hallucinations slowly or later in life and even if "caught" early this slower onset type of schizophrenia is harder to treat. In either case, the earlier and better the treatment, the better the outcome. Schizophrenia is a very severe neurodegenerative and psychotic disorder that should receive careful continuous treatment.
Dr. Kelsey French
Studies based on individuals with a family history of schizophrenia refer to a "diathesis-stress"model. A well-supported young person pre-disposed to the disorder, (has one or more first-degree relatives diagnosed) has a good chance of managing the symptoms below threshold with therapy and meds. Trust and compliance can be a treatment problem for adults, so early intervention is beneficial.
Dr. Thomas Riney
Pediatrics

In brief: Second opinion is a

Good idea with such a complex and lifelong illness, effective meds are availiable.

In brief: Second opinion is a

Good idea with such a complex and lifelong illness, effective meds are availiable.
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