Mixed Outcomes Six Months After First Psychosis


French researchers looked at the outcomes of 467 “antipsychotic drug-naive” patients six months after a first psychotic episode (and treatment with medication), finding that the outcomes were heterogenous. A lower initial level of functioning and negative symptoms were the best predictors of worse outcomes. The sole predictor of rapid improvement, however, was employment. Results appear in Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica.
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C. Nordon1, F. Rouillon, J. M. Azorin, C. Barry, et al; Trajectories of antipsychotic response in drug-naive schizophrenia patients: results from the 6-month ESPASS follow-up study. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. Article first published online: 18 APR 2013. DOI: 10.1111/acps.12135

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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].