Journal Article

Early Detection and Intervention for Initial Episodes of Schizophrenia

Ian R.H. Falloon, Robert R. Kydd, John H. Coverdale and Tannis M. Laidlaw

in Schizophrenia Bulletin

Published on behalf of Maryland Psychiatric Research Center

Volume 22, issue 2, pages 271-282
Published in print January 1996 | ISSN: 0586-7614
e-ISSN: 1745-1701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/schbul/22.2.271
Early Detection and Intervention for Initial Episodes of Schizophrenia

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Comprehensive programs of drug and psychosocial interventions with adults who show early signs and symptoms of schizophrenic disorders may contribute to a lower incidence and prevalence of florid episodes of schizophrenia. These programs combine (1) early detection of psychotic features by family practitioners and other primary care providers and (2) close liaison with mental health professionals well trained in psychiatric assessment and treatment strategies effective in reducing the prevalence of established cases of schizophrenia. Long-term monitoring for signs of recurrence of these subthreshold psychotic episodes, with further in tervention as needed, appears essential to maintain these benefits.

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Subjects: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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