Onset Of The First Psychotic Episode Essay

1687 Words Nov 16th, 2014 7 Pages
An estimated 2.2 million people in the United States have schizophrenia at any given time. Schizophrenia often times emerges in early adulthood. During this time of early adulthood individuals face educational, social, and occupational milestones. Those with the disorder are less likely to achieve high education levels, marry or stay married, and have issues with occupational performance. It was found that only fourteen to twenty percent of schizophrenias hold competitive employment. The peak age of onset of the first psychotic episode is early to mid twenties for males and late twenties for females. This disorder usually has a slow manifestation and gradual development in individuals. Other times, people have onset of acute schizophrenia in which changes occur rapidly. Acute schizophrenia has a better likelihood of prognosis. Early onset has been linked to determine worse prognosis severity.
According to the DSM-5 Checklist, in order for one to be considered Schizophrenic, they must meet three conditions. First, they need to have experienced at minimum two of the following symptoms during a one month time frame: delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, grossly abnormal behavior including catatonia, and negative symptoms. Second, There ability to function in school, work, interpersonal relations, or self-care is rated below the level achieved before the onset of symptoms. Lastly, continuous signs of the disturbance for at least six months, at least one month of…

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