Treating "first-episode" schizophrenia
Current thinking about the best way to manage this critical phase.
Schizophrenia is usually diagnosed for the first time following an episode of full-blown psychosis. Consensus is growing that this first psychotic episode represents a critical period for treating schizophrenia. It offers a unique opportunity to build a therapeutic alliance between patient and clinician, get treatment "right" the first time around, and do everything possible to improve long-term outcomes.