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Early Intervention in Psychosis
The Early Intervention in Psychosis Program (E.I.P.) is a specialized program for
adolescents and young adults between the age of 16 and 35 years who are experiencing
symptoms of psychosis for the first time and who have had treatment for less than
12 months or no treatment at all.
Psychosis is treatable! The key is early diagnosis and treatment. The programs focuses
on the detection and treatment of the early symptoms of psychosis.
Early Warning Signs that may indicate a psychosis:
Changes in functioning at school or at work
Trouble concentrating and poor attention span
Lack of drive and lack in interest in usual activities
Social withdrawal and suspiciousness
Mood swings and irritability
Increased or decreased energy
Common symptoms of psychosis:
Confused thinking: thoughts may speed up, slow down or get mixed up;
Changed feelings: feeling more depressed or excited than normal, feeling foggy or
strange, cut off from the world or not feeling anything at all;
Delusions: unusual, fixed beliefs that are not based in reality;
Hallucinations: hears, feels, tastes or smells something that is not there.
E.I.P. Clinicians can offer assistance in the following areas:
Education on your condition (or diagnosis), medication and symptoms management;
Education and support to family and friends;
Monitoring symptoms and side effects;
Assistance with Education and Employment
Crisis and relapse prevention
Planning for best possible functioning after discharge from program.
If you think that Early Intervention in Psychosis Services can help you or one of
your family members or a friend , do not hesitate to contact us.