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Do I Have a Problem?

The following is a list of changes in thinking, feeling and behaviour that occur quite commonly . These changes may be caused by any number of things that can happen to a young person. Sometimes, these changes when present for longer than a few days may indicate the beginning or prodromal phase of a psychotic illness. (Psychotic means: out of touch with reality).

  • Deterioration in school performance

  • Deterioration in work performance

  • Isolating self from friends and family

  • No interest in socializing (or much less active than usual)

  • Sleep disturbance

  • Sudden appetite changes

  • Loss of energy or motivation

  • Feeling somehow different from others or that things in the environment seem changed

  • Difficulties with concentration, memory, attention

  • Thoughts feel slowed down or speeded up

  • Odd, unusual ideas or behaviour

  • Vague rambling speech that may not make a lot of sense

  • Feelings of suspiciousness, depression, anxiety, tension, irritability, anger or mood swings

  • Preoccupation with a particular theme

  • A feeling that you have that something's not quite right with the person. They have changed somehow, they seem different, and you can't quite put your finger on it.

  • Hearing sounds or voices when alone in a room

  • Seeing things that others can't see

  • Complaining of being followed or watched

  • Thinking one has special powers

  • Spending excessive amounts of money impulsively without sufficient resources

  • Increased energy, feelings of euphoria

  • Over inflated sense of one's importance

  • Thoughts of harming self or others

  • Threats or aggressive behaviour

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