Doctors to forecast teen psychosis

By Andrew Adrain
PSYCHOSIS can be detected in teenagers according to an American government study.
Schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses can be forecast by doctors who watch for warning signs that include teens who spend time alone doing nothing, those who shun social scenarios or ones who believe people are following them.
Young people who display these symptoms have a 35 percent risk of developing a psychological illness in two and a half years and an 80 percent risk for those showing combinations of the symptoms according to the study.
Around 1.1 percent of 18 years olds are diagnosed with schizophrenia which strikes people in their late teens early twenties. Doctors say it can be detected earlier than this giving the patient time to “self-evaluate, to self-monitor and self-correct”.

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