Article on early intervention as "miraculous new treatment"

It is commonly accepted that no major breakthrough has occured in the drugs treatment since many decades, just the improvement of dopaminergic AP in term of side-effects. Even glutamate drugs possibly effective on negatives are not available yet. For sure, the only innovation that remains would be in care architecture, in term of optimization of the care path : early intervention upstream and personalized case management downstream with multiple coordinations between caregivers and the development of adapted structures like adapted work enterprises.


I feel like waiting for a psychiatric med that is actually going to address all the symptoms of schizophrenia is like waiting for a deadbeat dad to come home - it’s probably not going to happen soon.

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Part of the article:

Too many people, including some mental health professionals, think of psychiatric disease as something fundamentally different from physical disease. And yet the more we learn about mental illness, the less meaningful that distinction appears. McGorry now believes that the model of screening, preventative care and aggressive early treatment could be used to reduce the incidence not only of schizophrenia, but of other mental illnesses like depression and bipolar disease. He has spearheaded a government-funded initiative to create “Headspace” centers all over Australia—drop-in clinics where teens and young adults can go without a referral from a doctor and get free counseling or treatment for all kinds of mental issues. “Seventy-five percent of mental disorders appear by age 25,” he says. “An awful lot of that is in teenagers or young adults.”

The U.S. may be far from introducing anything so forward-thinking, but there are modest steps that policymakers could take right now that would make a significant difference.

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