Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders: Overview

Among the various categories of mental health disorders in these volumes, schizophrenia and other related psychotic spectrum disorders are among the most debilitating. Psychotic-level symptoms typically first emerge during the transition between adolescence and young adulthood, a stage when most youth are striving to gain independence, develop relationships, begin careers, and follow advanced educational pursuits. Those afflicted individuals and their families are faced with a tumultuous period characterized by diagnostic uncertainty as well as a disorder characterized by highly disruptive and frightening symptoms, a chronic course, and a variable range of potential outcomes. Persons with serious mental health disorders constitute a significant proportion of the homeless population in the United States. These individuals face a shorter life expectancy as well as persistent stigma and high ...

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