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The prodromal period in schizophrenia is the period prior to the onset of positive psychotic symptoms associated with a change in the person’s functioning or personality e.g. social withdrawal.
References & Bibliography
McGorry, PD, McFarlane, C; Patton, G,C; Bell, R; Hibbert, M.E; Jackson, H.J; Bowes, G (1995). The prevalence of prodromal features of schizophrenia in adolescence: a preliminary survey. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavia, October1995, 92(4):241-9.