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First episode schizophrenia

Nadira Khamker
South African Family Practice | Vol 57, No 5 : September/October| a4345 | DOI: | ©
Submitted: 03 September 2015 | Published: 01 September 2015

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Nadira Khamker, Weskoppies Hospital, South Africa; and Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Health Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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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.


hallucinations; psychiatric condition; psychotic; schizophrenia; social withdrawal


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