Journal article

The proximal prodrome to first episode mania - a new target for early intervention

Philippe Conus, Janine Ward, Karen T Hallam, Nellie Lucas, Craig Macneil, Patrick D McGorry, Michael Berk

BIPOLAR DISORDERS | WILEY | Published : 2008

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Affective psychoses and bipolar disorders have been neglected in the development of early intervention strategies. This paper aims to gather current knowledge on the early phase of bipolar disorders in order to define new targets for early intervention. METHODS: Literature review based on the main computerized databases (MEDLINE, PUBMED and PSYCHLIT) and hand search of relevant literature. RESULTS: Based on current knowledge, it is likely that an approach aiming at the identification of impending first-episode mania is the most realistic and manageable strategy to promote earlier treatment. During the period preceding the onset of the first manic episode, patients go through a pro..

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