First-episode psychosis: Part 1 – assessment, diagnosis and
Over the last 15 years there has been an
increase in the number of clinical services specifically for
first-episode psychosis (FEP), notably early intervention in
psychosis (EIP) teams. However, people are often unclear
about why specific attention has been focused on FEP.
This first module in a series of two will:
- describe the features of first-episode
- discuss the rationale for the early
intervention approach in treating FEP
- explain the concepts of the psychosis
prodrome and the at-risk mental state (ARMS)
- provide specific assessment approaches
for those experiencing FEP.