Early intervention in psychiatry

David Jonathan Castle, Ana Lusicic, Melissa Petrakis

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Early intervention in psychiatry has enormous appeal in the sense that it can reduce distress and disability and promote better long-term outcomes. However, extant research is patchy in terms of defining precisely what ‘early intervention’ should entail, as well as determining the elements of such interventions that might be helpful and not harmful. This chapter provides a brief overview of selected disorders, encompassing examples of disorders that have an onset in childhood (autism), teenage years/early adulthood (bipolar disorder), and in later life (dementia). The chapter then focuses on schizophrenia, as schizophrenia is a disorder ubiquitous across the globe in terms of prevalence, which carries substantial disability, and for which there has been a worldwide investment in early intervention.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Textbook of Public Mental Health
EditorsDinesh Bhugra, Kamaldeep Bhui, Samuel Yeung Shan Wong, Stephen E Gilman
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780192511416, 9780191834783
ISBN (Print)9780198792994
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018


  • Psychiatry
  • psychiatry/mental health
  • Public Mental Health Services

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