No Difference in Symptom Severity 10 Years After Early Intervention for Psychosis


Researchers in Norway and the U.S. followed 281 people after a first-episode psychosis, comparing those who received Treatment and Intervention in Psychosis (TIPS) with those who received standard treatment. At 10 years, there were no differences in symptom severity between the groups. However there was a higher recovery rate in the early detection group due to higher rates of employment. Results appear in American Journal of Psychiatry.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].