Treatment of first episode and prodromal signs

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    Intervening to shorten the pre-psychotic and pre-treatment phases has been attractive as a possible way to improve long-term outcome. Several types of prodrome to schizophrenia have been identified and there is evidence that treating them prevents transition to psychosis during medium-term follow-up. These experimental treatments include antipsychotics and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). New services to treat psychosis earlier and more effectively have been springing up, though evidence for their relative benefits is not yet unequivocal. They rely on characteristic antipsychotic regimes and psychosocial interventions. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)55-58
    Number of pages3
    JournalPsychiatry (Abingdon)
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2005


    • duration of untreated psychosis
    • first episode services
    • first epsiode psychosis
    • low dose antipsychotics
    • prodrome
    • schizophrenia


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