Deakin J, Lennox B. Psychotic symptoms in young people warrant urgent referral. The Practitioner 2013– 257 (1759):25-28

Psychotic symptoms in young people warrant urgent referral

21 Mar 2013Pais-up subscribers

There is a worse prognosis for psychosis and schizophrenia when onset is in childhood or adolescence. Better outcomes in terms of symptoms and social function are associated with a shorter duration of untreated psychosis. The detection of psychotic symptoms in primary care therefore warrants an urgent referral to secondary care mental health services for assessment and treatment. [With external links to the evidence base]

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