Individuals who come to us are usually experiencing a wide range of symptoms, such as unusual thoughts and perceptions, increased depression or social anxiety, and greater difficulty with work, school, friends and family. Individuals who are experiencing difficulty functioning and who have a family member with a psychotic illness such as schizophrenia are also encouraged to contact us.
Who is eligible?
Individuals between the ages of 16 and 30 and who are experiencing several of the following:
• Confusion about what is real and what is imaginary
• Feeling that your ideas are or behaviors are being controlled by outside forces
• Feeling like someone is putting thoughts in your head
• Unrealistic ideas of special identity or abilities
• Preoccupation with the supernatural
• Change in sense of self, others, or the world
Unusual or excessive fear or worry
• Worrying that others are thinking bad thoughts about you
• Thinking others wish to harm you in some way
• Mistrustful of others
• Fearful, uneasy feeling around people
• Suspiciousness or paranoid thinking
Feeling that something is not quite right
• Uncharacteristic changes in behavior
• Inability to do school work or one’s job
• Withdrawal from friends and family
• Jumbled thoughts and confusion
• Forgetting things and getting lost
• Losing track of conversations or not understanding what people are saying
• Feeling like your brain is playing tricks on you or just not working right
We are happy to answer any question you have about the study over the phone. The first step is to call and participate in an brief interview over the phone. The interview will include questions about your medical and psychological history. You will be asked to explain how things have been going for you lately and about symptoms you may be experiencing. Additional diagnostic assessments will be done on-site to further determine your eligibility.
For eligible participants, diagnostic, psychological and physical assessments, including MRI, are conducted at no charge and volunteers are reimbursed for their time.
It is important for you to know that any information you tell us during the interview will remain confidential. You will be asked to sign a consent form before you participate explaining the procedures and making sure you know your rights as a research participant.
Therapy may be available at no charge and a report on assessment results can be provided to participants and their treatment providers.