Treatment of First Episode Psychosis in College Students: It Takes a Team
The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report, Volume 8, Number 5, August 2017
Marcia Morris, MD
Psychiatrist at the University of Florida. Author of The Campus Cure: A Parent’s Guide to Mental Health and Wellness for College Students, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (forthcoming 2018)
Dr. Morris has disclosed that she has no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
Evaluating a first episode of psychosis in college students is challenging—it’s not clear from the outset if the episode will represent a one-time occurrence or the start of a lifelong illness. The differential diagnosis is large and includes depression with psychotic features, bipolar disorder, a primary psychotic disorder like schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, drug-induced psychosis, and transient psychotic episodes.