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Re: facial features/psychosis onset Mark H.

Posted by caml on September 20, 2002, at 13:17:41

In reply to Re: facial features/psychosis onset , posted by Mark H. on September 14, 2002, at 0:51:00

Those who are experiencing a psychotic episode, or about to, often have very tense facial muscles. They can often also grimace a little, or a lot, in repsponse to hallucinations . If their insight exists re this muscle tension, or the facial grimacing,the stress can exacerbate the muscle tension. This often means that the person can be perceived as having slightly altered facial features.
I have also been aware of those who have required to have their muscle contraction(s) released through chemical means.
Therefore I would suggest that knowing your partner intimately may mean you pick up "alteration to facial features" which may indicate a psychotic episode long before a clinician . Indeed, as many clinicians spend only short periods with their clients they are liable tomiss these indicators altogether.





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