New York—Recognizing and treating the first episode of psychosis in people with schizophrenia should be a priority for the mental health community because delay reduces the likelihood of a good therapeutic response, said experts gathered here for the 2nd International Conference on Early Psychosis. Recent studies have demonstrated that in addition to alleviating the suffering of people in the early stages of schizophrenia, prompt treatment after the onset of symptoms is linked to a better prognosis.
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