Journal article

Service responses for youth onset mental disorders

George C Patton, Sarah E Hetrick, Patrick McGorry

CURRENT OPINION IN PSYCHIATRY | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2007

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Many psychiatric disorders have their highest first-onset rates in adolescence and young adulthood. We summarize recent work indicating where interventions are most needed and effective. We also review the literature that examines the scope for reorienting mental health services to meet the needs of adolescents and young adults. RECENT FINDINGS: The continuities between youth onset and later life disorders, as well as later social adjustment, have become clearer. Emotional disorders that persist or recur during the teens have the greatest effect on future mental health. To date, service systems, even in the developed world, cater poorly for youth with mental disorders. Int..

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