Journal article

Early intervention in youth mental health: progress and future directions

Patrick D McGorry, Cristina Mei

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

Abstract

Early intervention is a fundamental principle in health care and the past two decades have seen it belatedly introduced into the field of mental health. This began in psychotic disorders, arguably the least promising place to start. The steady accumulation of scientific evidence for early intervention has eventually overwhelmed the sceptics, transformed thinking in psychotic disorders and created an international wave of service reform. This paradigm shift has paved the way to a more substantial one: early intervention across the full diagnostic spectrum. 75% of mental illnesses emerge before the age of 25 years, and young people bear the major burden for those disorders that threaten the ma..

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