The FYPP Clinic is dedicated to the early identification and treatment of people ages 16 to 35 who are at risk of developing psychosis. We try to identify and treat early signs of psychosis as early as possible. The people we help are young people who become distressed by changes in their thoughts, perceptions, and feelings. These changes may be difficult to describe to others and often become a source of concern for young people and their families. Mental and emotional problems are often like physical problems; the sooner they are treated, the better. In the past it was common to delay active treatment until clear signs of psychosis appeared. However, the longer an illness is left untreated, the greater the disruptions to the person’s ability to study, work, make friends and interact comfortably with others. Psychosis happens when a person loses contact with reality and cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is not. Psychosis usually appears in a person’s late teens or early twenties. About three out of every 100 people will have a psychotic episode in their lifetime.
Mental and emotional changes are early signs that someone could be at risk for psychosis. These changes usually happen before more serious symptoms develop.
- trouble concentrating or thinking clearly
- confusion about what is real or imaginary
- hearing voices or seeing things that aren’t really there
- feeling that the world has become strange and unreal
- preoccupation with religion or superstitions
- feeling suspicious or paranoid
- disorganized speech, racing thoughts or slowed-down thoughts
- irrational ideas of special identity or abilities
- problems with social activities, at work or at school
- withdrawal from family and friends
- flat emotions, decrease in facial expressions, monotone speech.
Referrals can be made by psychiatrists, family physicians, or other mental health professionals. We also accept direct self-referrals and referrals from concerned family members. However, it is important you have a family physician in order to allow for continuity of care.
If, after this assessment, we do not think our clinic is right for an individual, we will provide recommendations for other clinical services.
Location: 252 College Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1R8
Tel: 416 535-8501 ext. 32517 / Fax: 416 979-4264