“Children’s psychotic illness are not treated soon enough” was published by Clinical Psychiatry News online on 2-6-17. This article, a summary of an update held by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, reviews the benefits of starting comprehensive treatment as early as possible.
The recommended treatment includes not only medication but also “case management, family intervention, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other support resources for both patients and families.” The article also reviews typical behavioral warning signs of developing psychosis conditions. The author also notes that it is important for children and adolescents to not use cannabis, as it is become clear from recent research that “marijuana increases the risk of conversion to schizophrenia and the risk of relapse.”
MHConcierge’s take: mental health professionals who see children and adolescents a benefit from this overview of warning signs and benefits of prompt intervention.