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J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2003 Mar;28(2):93-7.

The prodromal stage of psychotic illness: observation, detection or intervention?

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont.


Accurate identification of individuals in the earliest symptomatic stages of psychosis offers perhaps the best hope for more effective treatment strategies. Recently, research clinics have been set up to identify and possibly treat individuals who are seen as being at high risk of a psychotic disorder. However, there have been concerns about beginning treatment at this stage. We need to address these concerns so that individuals who are at risk of psychosis come to no harm, yet the development of potential interventions is not delayed. This article briefly reviews some of the newer developments and concerns in this area of psychosis research.

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