In medicine, a prodrome is an early symptom indicating the development of a disease, or indicating that a disease attack is imminent. For example fever, malaise, headache and anorexia are part of the prodrome for the Mumps. Medicine on the Web NLM (National Library of Medicine, contains resources for patients and healthcare professionals) Virtual Hospital (digital health sciences library by the University of Iowa) Online Medical Information- medical news, links and resources. ... The term symptom (from the Greek syn = con/plus and pipto = fall, together meaning co-exist) has two similar meanings in the context of physical and mental health: A symptom may loosely be said to be a physical condition which shows that one has a particular illness or disorder (see... A disease is any abnormal condition of the body or mind that causes discomfort, dysfunction, or distress to the person affected or those in contact with the person. ...
The 'prodrome' is described as "the early symptoms and signs of an illness that precede the characteristic manifestations of the acute, fully developed illness" (Yung and McGorry, 1996).
The prodromal phase in schizophrenia is an important area of study because early intervention with individuals at risk of developing the disease may help lead to better outcomes (McGlashan, 1996; McGorry et al., 1996).
Although first hand accounts from prodromal individuals are the primary source of information about their symptoms, reports from family members and other parents can also help to better illustrate the symptom picture and aid in early detection.
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