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Article Date: 21 Sep 2010 – 2:00 PDT

What happens after a teenager or young adult experiences his or her first psychotic episode? It can be an isolated instance, never to recur; become a life-long, continuous battle against a ferocious illness; or symptoms may emerge periodically for years.

Research shows that, on average, there is a lapse of one to two years between the onset of psychotic symptoms, such as paranoia, delusions, loss of motivation for many everyday activities, and hallucinations, and the start of treatment, typically an in-patient hospitalization. Rates of suicide, noncompliance, and denial of treatment are high in first episode patients, but few services are specifically tailored for this population.

Starting this month, state-of-the-art treatment will be available to these young people as inpatients. The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)-University Behavioral HealthCare (UHBC) and UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School have teamed up to create FIRST — Fostering Individual Recovery Through Supportive Treatment.

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