Psychosis in the General Population


Swiss researchers, analyzing data from a prospective study. found a continuity of sub-clinical psychosis in the general population, with only a small proportion that suffered from distressing symptoms.  The researchers found that the syndromes identified were similar to those found in schizophrenia diagnoses. Results appeared online in European Psychiatry.

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Rossler, W., Hengartner, M., Ajdacic-Cross, V., Haker, H., Angst, J., Lifetime and 12-month prevalence rates of sub-clinical psychosis symptoms in a community cohort of 50-year-old individuals. European Psychiatry, ePub September 15, 2012

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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].