Journal article

Ultra-high-risk paradigm: lessons learnt and new directions

Patrick D McGorry, Cristina Mei

EVIDENCE-BASED MENTAL HEALTH | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2018

Abstract

Within the embryonic early psychosis field in the early 1990s, the conceptualisation and definition of an at-risk or ultra-high-risk (UHR) mental state for psychosis was a breakthrough which transformed the clinical and research landscape in psychiatry. Twenty-five years later, we have a new evidence base that has illuminated the neurobiology of the onset phase of psychotic disorder, delivered Cochrane level 1 evidence showing that the onset of full-threshold sustained psychotic disorder can be at least delayed, and is paving the way to a new generation of transdiagnostic research. Here, we document the contribution of the UHR approach to understanding the underlying mechanisms of psychosis ..

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