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Schizophr Bull. 2009 Sep;35(5):847-50. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbp078. Epub 2009 Jul 24.

Who is at risk for a psychotic disorder?

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  • Department of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37212, USA. Stephan.heckers@Vanderbilt.edu


Accurate assessment of the individual risk for psychotic disorders has great value. We need to determine the reliability and rate of conversion to a psychotic disorder in clinical samples before we can recommend a risk syndrome diagnosis for general practice. The assessment of risk carries its own risks, including stigmatization and inappropriate treatment, potentially leading to adverse outcomes.

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