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Prodromal Schizophrenia

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Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder that can have an effect on a person’s thought patterns, behaviors, and emotions. Initially, it was acknowledged that it developed in the preemptive stages of memory loss, aka dementia praecox. In reality, it is a collection of psychosis that develops chronically throughout an individual’s life. The first stage is referred to as prodromal schizophrenia, and understanding the symptoms can make a world of difference in regard to obtaining the necessary treatment. Banyan Boca behavioral health digs deeper into this phase, its symptoms, along with the other stages of this disorder.

Phases of Schizophrenia

This illness develops somewhat slowly between phases. They are each relatively distinctive from one another and can present their own unique challenges to the person experiencing them. It is also important to remember that while all individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia will progress through the active phase, whether or not they experience the other phases will depend on the person.

Prodromal Phase

Roughly 75% of diagnosed schizophrenics will pass through the prodrome, or prodromal, stage.1 It will present itself as the first stage in the development of the disorder and is typically absent of the hallmark symptoms associated with this illness. It can last anywhere from 2 weeks to years at a time, and it is possible for a person to not ever move past this phase, although most do.

Active Phase

Also referred to as acute, the active phase of schizophrenia is when symptoms are most apparent and dangerous. Relationships with the person may become strained as they exhibit symptoms like hallucinations, delusions, or bizarre speech patterns. It is also possible for this stage to appear abruptly without the prodrome phase.

Residual Phase

The residual phase of schizophrenia is also referred to as the recovery stage by some doctors. It may present many of the same symptoms as prodromal schizophrenia, albeit with some of the strange beliefs developed throughout the active stage. A person may also experience feelings of shame or depression as they learn more about their previous episode.

Prodromal Symptoms of Schizophrenia

It can be difficult to pinpoint the development of schizophrenia because many prodromal symptoms could be attributed to other disorders. More severe symptoms like hallucinations are not common during this phase, which makes it more likely to be diagnosed retroactively.

Common warning signs include:

  • Drop in self-confidence
  • Low energy levels
  • Withdrawal from relationships
  • Lack of personal hygiene
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feelings of anxiety or depression


Our Florida Mental Health Rehab Can Help

Experiencing changes to one’s moods, thought patterns, and emotional regulation can be troubling, but take comfort in the fact that our team of professionals can help. Banyan Boca mental health offers treatment for schizophrenia that can help you gain control over your condition. In severe or active cases, residential care is available to ensure the individual is in a safe and controlled environment. No matter the stage a person is in, our various therapies, such as our cognitive-behavioral option, can aid them in reclaiming control of their life and well-being.

Don’t continue to struggle alone. Call Banyan at 888-280-4763 to learn more about our Florida mental health services today.



  1. NIH - Understanding the schizophrenia prodrome


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Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.
Prodromal Schizophrenia
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