Non-Distressed Psychosis-Like Experiences Not Linked to Serious Mental Illness

Kermit Cole
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Research from the University of Maryland finds that “Although ‘psychosis-like experiences’ (PLEs) may reflect elevated risk for onset of serious mental illness,” further examination shows that inclusion of a distress scale in screening is more effective in identifying clinical high risk of psychosis.  PLEs that are described as neutral of positive, the paper concludes, “do not appear to be relevant for clinical high-risk screening.” The paper appear in Schizophrenia Research.

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Kline, E., Thompson, E., Bussell, K., Pitts, S.; Psychosis-like experiences and distress among adolescents using mental health services. Schizophrenia Research. Online January 8, 2014.

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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]dinamerica.com.

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