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Early identification and intervention in depressive disorders: Towards a clinical staging model

SE Hetrick, AG Parker, IB Hickie, R Purcell, AR Yung, PD McGorry



BACKGROUND: Depressive disorders are common and associated risks include the onset of secondary disorders, substance use disorders, impairment in social and occupational functioning, and an increase in suicidality. As the onset often occurs in youth, there is a clear imperative for early identification and intervention to ameliorate, if not prevent, associated distress. METHODS: An extensive search of relevant databases and an ancestry search was undertaken. RESULTS: There is a limited but growing body of literature on this topic that is discussed in relation to a clinical staging model, which may prove to be a useful framework for identifying where an individual lies along the continuum of ..

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