Onset and Early Course of Schizophrenia
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- Häfner H. et al. (1995) Onset and Early Course of Schizophrenia. In: Häfner H., Gattaz W.F. (eds) Search for the Causes of Schizophrenia. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
When, with what symptoms and how schizophrenia really begins, and how this beginning can be distinguished from already existing deficits or antecedents are all interesting questions. They arise following the papers of Crow et al. and Walker et al. on the antecedents of psychosis. Kraepelin (1909) and Bleuler (1911) had already observed that the disease rarely begins without non-specific symptoms in advance. Kraepelin (1909) mentioned, for instance, “small changes in emotional life, irritability, loss of interest, overactivity and poor concentration.” DeLisi et al. (1986) and Huber and Gross (1989) recently expressed the expectation that the elucidation of the prodromal phase might provide a new understanding of the psychopathology and etiology of schizophrenia.
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