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Early intervention in psychosis has been shown to have important long term consequences on the course of the condition. Much of the work has been done in the context of schizophrenia.
The idea that we can detect and preventatively treat people who may be inclined to develop psychosis was first proposed by Harry Stack Sullivan in 1927:
The great number of our patients have shown for years before the break, clear signs of coming trouble ... I gfeel certain that many incipiant cases might be arrested before the efficient contact with reality is completely suspended, and a long stay in institutions made necessary
References & Bibliography
- ↑ Sullivan, H. S. (1927). The onset of Schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry, 151(6), 135-139.
- World Health Organizationand International Early Psychosis Association (2002)Early Psychosis Declaration An International Consensus Statement about Early Intervention and Recovery for Young People with Early Psychosis [ http://www.iris-initiative.org.uk/pdf/declaration0105.pdf Full text]
- article by Dr Jo Smith and Dr David Shiers (Joint Leads for the UK National Early Intervention in Psychosis Programme
- [http://www.iris-initiative.org.uk/pdf/carepath.pdf Study of the Care Pathways for Early Psychosis
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