The First Episode of Psychosis: A Guide for Patients and Their Families by Michael T. Compton

The First Episode of Psychosis: A Guide for Patients and Their Families

byMichael T. Compton, Beth Broussard

Paperback | April 29, 2009

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The First Episode of Psychosis is the ideal book for patients experiencing the frightening and confusing initial episode of psychosis, which often occurs during late adolescence or early adulthood, and which affects nearly 3% of all people over the course of their lifetime. The book covers arange of disorders, focusing on primary psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and schizophreniform disorder, clearly describing symptoms, early warning signs, and treatment--information that is essential for patients and families faced with the challenges posed by psychosis. The book alsodiscusses psychiatric evaluation, healthy lifestyle choices, and the stigma often associated with mental illnesses. Worksheets allow readers to keep records of symptoms to facilitate communication with care providers, and an extensive glossary clarifies the dizzying array of terms used by medicalprofessionals. Optimistic, practical, and recovery-oriented, The First Episode of Psychosis will help patients and their families to take an active, informed role in their care to ensure the best possible prognosis.

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Michael T. Compton is at Emroy University School of Medicine. Beth Broussard is a Research Assistant with the Atlanta Cohort on the Early Course of Schizophrenia (AECS) Project.
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Title:The First Episode of Psychosis: A Guide for Patients and Their FamiliesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 29, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195372492

ISBN - 13:9780195372496

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Table of Contents

Foreword1. An Overview of Early Psychosis2. Symptons of Early Psychosis3. Diagnosis4. Causes5. The Evaluation6. Medicines7. Psychosocial Treatments8. Follow-Up and Sticking with Treatment9. Recovery and Staying Healthy10. Early Warning Signs11. Stigma12. A Supportive Family Environment