Journal article

The impact of psychotic experiences in the early stages of mental health problems in young people

Kareen Heinze, Ashleigh Lin, Barnaby Nelson, Renate LEP Reniers, Rachel Upthegrove, Latoya Clarke, Ayesha Roche, Angelique Lowrie, Stephen J Wood

BMC PSYCHIATRY | BMC | Published : 2018


BACKGROUND: Anxiety and depressive symptoms and psychotic experiences constitute common features of emerging mental disorders in young people. Psychotic experiences and the ultra-high risk (UHR) state for psychosis appear to have a particular importance for clinical presentation, progression of symptomatology, quality of life and functioning, but the impact of psychotic experiences in individuals seeking help at non-UHR services, compared to UHR services, is under-researched. METHODS: Sixty-nine young people (Mage ± SD at baseline = 20.8 ± 2.6, range 16-26 years, 48 females) presenting to mental health services were grouped according to UHR and non-UHR status. They were assessed at baseline ..

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