Before Stage Four:
Confronting Early Psychosis
Documentary Premiered March 30, 2017
First-time psychotic episodes are frightening, confusing and distressing for the entire family. Traditionally, teens and young adults experiencing first-episode psychosis (FEP) have been pulled out of school and/or society – only to begin a lifelong journey of spotty treatment, recurring episodes, and unfulfilled hopes of a career, happy marriage and children. But new research shows a significant success rate for people who receive proper, coordinated care after a first episode. This documentary shows who’s leading the FEP treatment movement, while families share personal stories of heartbreak, success and hope. The program also explores fascinating research on young adult brains that could lead to life-changing treatment of psychosis.
What is First-Episode Psychosis (FEP)?
In this web short, Dr. Melina Spyridaki-Dodd of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania explains “First-Episode Psychosis” and the process of diagnosing the illness. Also, Tina Grever, and her son Brice, who’s living with schizophrenia, share their experience with psychosis and talk about the importance of early diagnosis.
Premiered February 6, 2017
First Episode Psychosis Resources
First Episode Psychosis: Results from a 2011 NAMI Survey
NAMI: Early Psychosis and Psychosis
Family Services of Western Pennsylvania
UPMC: Services for the Treatment of Early Psychoses (STEP)
Early Intervention Treatments for FEP
Thresholds: First Episode Psychosis Resources
NAMI: FEP Programs: A Guide to State Expansion
NAMI: What's at stake for mental health care?