February 25, 2004

Students with Mental Illness Targeted for Early Treatment

Mental health: Students targeted for early treatment - Straits Times, Singapore
This is a good story from Singapore about how they are targeting students for early treatment of mental illness - which is an extremely well-informed decision; the earlier that schizophrenia is treated (research suggests) the better the outcome for the person and the lower the costs for society. One of those rare "Win/Win" scenarios.

The story states that "CAMPUS counsellors are quietly seeking out students who imagine they are hearing voices, to assess whether they are becoming psychotic or have other mental health problems.

Since the year began, counsellors at the National University of Singapore have been trying to identify early on students who may be psychotic, so that they can get help and get well.

People with psychosis suffer from hallucinations and could develop schizophrenia.

Head of the Institute of Mental Health's (IMH) early psychosis intervention programme Chong Siow Ann said: 'Students may have reservations about going to see psychiatrists. So we go to identify the students.'

'A handful' have already been identified on campus. Those who need treatment are referred to the institute.

University students were targeted as psychosis tends to strike in the early 20s.

Since the early intervention plan began in 2001, it has identified 569 patients."

Posted by szadmin at February 25, 2004 07:09 PM

More Information on Complementary Schizophrenia Treatments


How young have children been diagnosed with schizophrenia? How can you tell the difference between early symptoms of this and manic depression in someone as young as 10? Does it really help to treat it that soon, while the brain is still developing -- could you do more harm by altering the brain chemicals now with psychotropic drugs, or could it do any harm at all to wait for more clear signs?

Posted by: Cindy at May 4, 2005 09:59 AM

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