First episode schizophrenia

  • Nadira Khamker University of Pretoria
Keywords: hallucinations, psychiatric condition, psychotic, schizophrenia, social withdrawal


Schizophrenia is a chronic psychiatric condition. Patients with schizophrenia present clinically with psychotic, negative and cognitive symptoms, which can become evident late in adolescence or in early adulthood. The peak age for presentation is 20 years in males and 25 years in females. This chronic condition follows a relapsing remitting course, and eventually results in a chronic state of residual symptoms and functional impairment.

Author Biography

Nadira Khamker, University of Pretoria
MBChB, Dip Obst(SA),MMed(Psych),FCPsych(SA) Psychiatrist Weskoppies Hospital; and Lecturer Department of Psychiatry University of Pretoria
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