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Maine Medical Center Research Institute, Psychiatry

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Early intervention in major mental illness promises to improve the lives of those identified.

• But could identifying youth as at clinical high risk (CHR) for psychosis also do harm given that the majority never develop a psychotic disorder?

• Could telling someone they are at risk for psychosis activate internalized stigma that has been associated with increased emotional distress, social withdrawal, non-engagement in treatment, and suicide risk in CHR youth?

• Within the context of a larger study of stigma in CHR, we compared emotional responses to the CHR concept assessed before and after clinical feedback by study clinicians.

• Some participants had been told of their risk prior to study entry; others had not.


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