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Minerva Psichiatrica 2010 June;51(2):95-104

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Early intervention in psychosis

Agius M.

Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, South Essex Partnership Foundation University Trust, Essex, UK


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Early intervention for psychosis services have been a very important area of development in community mental health in recent years. Here we attempt to describe the general principles on which early intervention services are based, the interventions which such services carry out, and the expected outcomes according to the latest literature. Two types of early intervention services are described; those which work with patients who are in the first episode of psychosis, and follow patients through the three year critical period, and those, which are still experimental, which attempt to work within the prodrome or ultra high risk phase, in order to prevent psychosis developing. This article will confine itself to services for the first episode of psychosis. Early intervention services offer great promise of improving the prognosis of psychotic illness.

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