Questions and Answers concerning Early Recognition Centers

Who fulfills the criteria for assessment by an Early Recognition Center?

People aged between 13 and 35 who show the first signs in accordance with the Checklist.

First signs, what can I do?

Most people who show early symptoms of illness are afraid of being classed as "mentally ill" and do not seek help. If you, or someone you know, are showing first signs, it is important to contact a specialist as quickly as possible. Early recognition can slow down the course of an illness and contribute to a quicker recovery.

What can I do as a family member?

Members of the family usually notice changes at a very early stage. If you observe these changes over a longer period of time, in particular increased withdrawal from society, depressive moods, heightened mistrust, increased tension, and irritability, as well as difficulty concentrating, learning, and remembering things, then we would recommend you contact our Early Recognition Center. Motivate and support members of the family to seek professional help.

Who carries the costs for an assessment?

The research project is financed by a foundation and, as a result, the examination and counseling are free.

What happens after contacting us?

First of all, an interview over the telephone will ascertain if there is genuine need for an assessment. In a subsequent interview specific questions are asked about various areas of life and the existence of an increased risk of developing a psychotic illness or bipolar disorder is assessed. Should this be the case, further assessment will take place according to the latest methods of examination. Of course, if required, we also offer support and treatment for a speedy recovery. Are drugs used? New drugs improve mental activity and can slow down the course of an illness. Whether medicinal therapy is appropriate is discussed with the doctor on an individual basis.