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What are symptoms of early-stage schizophrenia?

For some people, schizophrenia begins with an "early psychosis" or "prodromal" stage. Key features of this stage include:
 
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Appetite disturbance
  • Marked unusual behavior
  • Feelings that are blunted (flat) or seem incongruous (inconsistent) to others
  • Speech that is difficult to follow
  • Marked preoccupation with unusual ideas
  • Ideas of reference, thinking that unrelated things have a special meaning, for eg, thinking that people on the television are speaking directly to you
  • Persistent feelings of unreality
  • Changes in the way things appear, sound or smell

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