prepsychotic


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pre·psy·chot·ic

(prē'sī-kot'ik),
1. Relating to the period antedating the onset of psychosis.
2. Denoting a potential for a psychotic episode, one that appears imminent under continued stress.

pre·psy·chot·ic

(prē'sī-kot'ik)
1. Relating to the period before the onset of psychosis.
2. Denoting a potential for a psychotic episode, one that appears imminent under continued stress.
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International clinical practice guidelines recommend several practical steps in the monitoring of patients in a prepsychotic state (Table 3),23 but caution against the use of antipsychotic agents unless the patient meets diagnostic criteria for a psychotic disorder.
Cornblatt and her associates prescribed either antidepressants or second-generation antipsychotics to 48 adolescents who met criteria for prepsychotic schizophrenia (J.
The use of antipsychotics to treat prepsychotic adolescents is on the rise despite a lack of data, and more research is needed before such treatment becomes a standard practice, the researchers said.
Recent studies have shown independent therapeutic effects of antipsychotic medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy during the interval between the first noticeable prepsychotic changes and the onset of positive psychotic symptoms--findings that should compel investigators to ramp up research efforts to identify optimal prodromal management strategies, he said.
Schizophrenia prodrome is an early or prepsychotic state that is a deviation from an individual's usual behavior and experience.
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Cornblatt based her remarks on initial results from a 3-year study of 82 patients enrolled in a treatment and research program for adolescents who are considered to be in the prodromal, or prepsychotic, stage of schizophrenia.
Other controlled trials of prepsychotic intervention for schizophrenia are underway around the world, including one at Yale University, where investigators are comparing treatment with olanzapine and placebo.