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

Michael T. Compton , Beth Broussard

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April 29 2009
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 a range 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 also discusses 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 medical professionals. 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Jan. 30 2013
By Dylan - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book for people who have recently undergone thier first episode of psychosis. The book is reader frienly and succinct yet it still provides sufficient information on nearly all the aspects of early psychotic spectrum dissorders. The chapter on symptoms makes it very easy to identify emerging symptoms which is invaluable in keeping track of your disease. I would definatly reccoment this book to anyone who has recently been diagnosed with a psychotic illness and wants to moniter their behavior or prevent another episode.
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4.0 out of 5 stars We used this for a journal club March 7 2013
By C. Block - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book, great for new students of schizophrenia. I'd recommend for residents and caregivers of mental health patients. Not for more developed mental health professionals.
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1.0 out of 5 stars not helpful Dec 17 2011
By clambake - Published on Amazon.com
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This book did not provide any new information you cannot already find on the web. It is based on drugs as a fix and does not mention gluten or diet as a possible cause. When you are dealing with someone that is paranoid and refuses help and they dont fit the category of being committed - I have not yet found a good resource. I have not found any data on length of 1st time psychotic episode and long term outcome based on the possibly of pot as a trigger. If it goes away within a week on its own, what does that mean..? What are the odds of it happening again and when?
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