Mental disorders eventually affect virtually everyone with Terrie Moffitt #IoPPNfestival

Professor Terrie E. Moffitt, Professor of Social Development in the Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King’s College London. Interviewed by André Tomlin prior to the 2021 IoPPN Festival.

Repeated mental-health assessments in a birth cohort followed to age 45 reveal that mental disorder eventually affects virtually everyone. The predominant pattern among clinically significant cases is adolescent onset followed by a succession of different diagnoses emerging over decades. Findings challenge our field’s over-reliance on researching and treating specific mental disorders diagnosed in cross-sectional snapshots.

Check this excellent blog by Dona Matthews which summarises this work from Professor Moffitt and colleagues:

Mental disorders start early and vary across the lifespan: it’s time to pay attention to the whole person, and less to the diagnosis #IoPPNfestival

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