Journal article

Prepsychotic phase of schizophrenia and related disorders: recent progress and future opportunities

LJ Phillips, PD McGorry, AR Yung, TH McGlashan, B Cornblatt, J Klosterkotter

British Journal of Psychiatry | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2005

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Clinical and research focus has recently shifted from established psychotic disorders to first-episode psychosis and the prepsychotic phase of illness. AIMS: To describe the principles, progress and dilemmas associated with the prospective detection, engagement and treatment of young people at risk of developing a psychotic disorder. METHOD: Strategies to identify young people at heightened risk of a psychotic disorder are described. Preventive interventions and results of their evaluation are provided. RESULTS: Well-validated criteria for identifying young people at heightened risk of psychosis have been developed, evidence of the efficacy of various psychological and pharmacolo..

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