Primary psychotic episode

Primary psychotic episode

A primary psychotic episode is a complex psychotic disorder accompanied by inappropriate behavior, impairment of the integrity of mental functions and a complex of clinical manifestations. It combines a syndromic set of acute mental states accompanied by: delirium, disorientation in space, psychomotor agitation, impaired thinking, hallucinations and other symptoms.

Formally, all patients who first experience psychotic symptoms fall into the category of patients with a primary psychotic episode. Therefore, upon discovering signs or symptoms of mental disorders, it is very important to timely contact specialized specialists who will conduct a comprehensive diagnosis of the body, determine the type of problem, and also perform differential diagnostics to increase the effectiveness of further treatment.

Features of the primary psychotic episode

A key feature of a primary psychotic episode is that it serves as the first onset of a mental illness, including schizophrenia. In schizophrenics, this episode can manifest itself at different ages: in men at the age of 16-25, in women a little bit later.

Psychoses are quite common among people; about 1-2% of the population suffers from them. There are more than 51 million people with schizophrenia in the world alone. In more than 20% of all patients, the primary psychotic episode manifests itself at a young age – up to 25 years.

Depending on the type of mental illness, the episode can have a different duration, usually from several days to several weeks (in schizophrenia, the episode lasts from 6 to 8 weeks and can be accompanied by lucid-catatonic or catatonic-hallucinatory-delusional syndromes).

Symptoms of the primary psychotic episode

The main symptom of the primary episode is the patient’s temporary escape from objective reality. His perception and the mechanism of comprehension of the events around him change. First of all, sensory perceptions undergo changes, they become not typical, but self-willed, a person’s thinking begins to work in leaps and bounds.

In 5-10% of patients, immediately after the initial episode, there is a sharp progression of the disease with persistent psychotic symptoms.

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Depending on the type of mental disorder, the patient can be observed: a sharp change in mood without objective reasons, falling into depression or, on the contrary, excessive activity, etc. Psychotic symptoms can take a wide variety of forms, which depends on the individual characteristics of the organism, the person’s lifestyle, his fears and desires.

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