Emerging Psychosis in Adolescents!

“Psychosis is relatively uncommon in adolescents, particularly under the age of 15 years. Statistics vary considerably, but generally the accepted prevalence in the population is one per 1 000”. The enclosed article is from the Australian Family Physician and discusses emerging psychosis in adolesents. The article includes a case study and provides key points for consideration in general practice. “Emerging psychosis is a complex presentation that warrants a considered approach right from the initial assessment. This paper emphasises the rationale for ‘watchful waiting’ in the interest of diagnostic certainty before potentially harmful treatments are commenced. There are also guidelines for a balanced approach to management, where engagement with the patient, monitoring medication effects and preventing relapse are the main aims.”

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