Early Warning Signs

While schizophrenia can affect anyone at any point in life, the first psychotic episode usually develops in late adolescence or early adulthood. Three-quarters of people with schizophrenia are between 16 and 25.  In the 16-25 year old age group, schizophrenia affects more men than women, and, in the 25-30 year old age group, it affects more women than men.  Onset of psychosis is uncommon after the age of 30 and rare after age 40.  Early warning signs of psychosis vary from person to person.  Some early warning signs include:
  • Unusual ideas or behaviors
  • Seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling or tasting things that are not actually there
  • Inability to tell what is real from what is not
  • Feelings of paranoia or grandiosity
  • Trouble speaking or understanding what others are saying
  • Becoming easily confused or lost
  • Problems with memory and concentration
  • Withdrawal and loss of interest in usual activities
  • Deterioration in work or study

If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, please contact us for eligibility.