Early Intervention in Psychosis: A Guide to Concepts, Evidence and Interventions

Author: Birchwood, Max J.


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  • ISBN: 9780471978664
  • Author: Birchwood, Max J.
  • Publ Date: 2000-04-20
  • Edition:
  • Pages: 388
  • Imprint: WILEY *#
  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 5979

Table of Contents :

About the Editors. List of Contributors. Preface. THE CONCEPT OF EARLY INTERVENTION. The Scope for Preventive Strategies in Early Psychosis: Logic, Evidence and Momentum (P. McGorry). The Critical Period for Early Intervention (M. Birchwood). Psychological Adjustment to Early Psychosis (C. Jackson and Z. Iqbal). Psychological Formulation of Early Episodes of Psychosis: A Cognitive Model (D. Fowler). The Early Development of Expressed Emotion and Burden in the Families of First Onset Psychosis (E. Kuipers and D. Raune). STRATEGIES FOR EARLY INTERVENTION. Can Duration of Untreated Illness be Reduced? (T. Larsen, et al.). Early Intervention in Psychosis: Pharmacotherapeutic Strategies (P. Bebbington). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in Early Psychosis (V. Drury). The Treatment of Secondary Morbidity in First-Episode Psychosis (H. Jackson, et al.). Relapse Prevention in Early Psychosis (E. Spencer, et al.). The Early Phase of Psychosis and Schizophrenia: A Critical Period for Patients, Families and the Profession (D. Linszen and M. Birchwood). IMPLEMENTATION. Models of Early Intervention in Psychosis: An Analysis of Service Approaches (J. Edwards, et al.). The IRIS Programme (F. Macmillan and D. Shiers). Creative Journeys of Recovery: A Survivor Perspective (A. Reeves). Early Intervention: The Economic Issues (N. Bosanquet). Index.


Schizophrenia has far too long been regarded as a chronic malignant illness with an aura of pessimism surrounding its management. However, the early recognition and treatment of psychosis - particularly in adolescents and young adults - is increasingly accepted as an important factor in the individual experience of mental illness, which can have major implications for mental health care and provision Early intervention in psychosis is a new approach which has caught the imagination of the psychiatric community. This book covers the main methods of treatment, including drugs, CBT and family intervention. It challenges the pessimism surrounding psychotic illnesses and argues that vigorous intervention in the early phase of psychosis can limit, or even prevent, later difficulty.


"...this book provides an excellent summary of the arguments for change." (Behaviour Research & Therapy, No.40, 2002) "..it is robust, clinically applicable and, in a word, excellent..." (Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, Vol.30, 2002)


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