How to Recognize Early Signs of Psychosis in Teens

How to Recognize Early Signs of Psychosis in Teens

Psychosis can be especially difficult to recognize in teenagers, as many of the symptoms can be mistaken for typical adolescent behavior.

However, early intervention is crucial for improving outcomes and preventing further episodes. Here are some early signs of psychosis in teens:

  • Changes in mood: A teen with psychosis may experience sudden changes in mood, such as becoming more irritable, anxious, or depressed.
  • Difficulty concentrating: A teen with psychosis may have difficulty focusing on tasks or following conversations.
  • Unusual beliefs or perceptions: A teen with psychosis may have unusual beliefs or perceptions, such as thinking that they have special powers or abilities, or that others are trying to harm them.
  • Social withdrawal: A teen with psychosis may withdraw from social situations and have difficulty connecting with others.
  • Changes in sleep patterns: A teen with psychosis may experience changes in their sleep patterns, such as sleeping more or less than usual.

If you notice any of these signs in a teenager, it is important to seek help from a mental health professional.

Early intervention can improve outcomes and prevent further episodes.

 

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