Is the incidence of schizophrenia in South-East London really 10 times higher than in Santiago, Spain?

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Vishal Bhavsar reviews an EU study of nearly 3,000 people across 6 EU countries, looking at the treated incidence of schizophrenia and psychotic disorders. It helps us better understand who gets psychosis, when, and where.

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The long view: what has really changed with recovery?

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Simon Bradstreet explores a recent qualitative study looking at 20 years in the lives of a group of 20 people with psychosis in Ireland. The research provides evidence on the pros and cons of the adoption of recovery-based approaches from people who are uniquely placed to provide a long-term view.

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Beyond thought and behaviour: is psychosis more than a brain disorder? 

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Shuichi Suetani writes his debut elf blog on a new meta-review that asks: Is psychosis a multisystem disorder? This blog explores central nervous system, immune, cardiometabolic, and endocrine alterations in first-episode psychosis and perspective on potential models.

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What do we know about women, cannabis and psychosis?

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Ian Hamilton and Suzi Gage explain why we know so little about the relationship between cannabis and severe mental illness in women.

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Improving outcomes for people with first episode psychosis

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Elwira Lubos summarises a recent review of reviews looking at the evidence for improving outcomes in first-episode psychosis.

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MRI in first episode psychosis

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Dan Joyce publishes his debut blog on a recent paper in the British Journal of Psychiatry that considers the feasibility and clinical utility of magnetic resonance imaging in first-episode psychosis.

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Cannabis use can lead to relapse in psychosis, partially because patients stop taking medication

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Thomas Richardson writes his debut blog about a recent prospective analysis of poor medication adherence and risk of relapse associated with continued cannabis use in patients with first-episode psychosis.

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The trauma of psychosis: high rates of PTSD in first episode psychosis

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Jazz Croft considers a recent systematic review about traumatic experiences in first-episode psychosis, which finds that nearly 1 in 3 people with first episode psychosis met diagnostic criteria for PTSD.

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Mental health stigma and pathways to care in psychosis

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Raphael Underwood on a recent systematic review of mental health-related stigma and pathways to care for people at risk of psychotic disorders or experiencing first-episode psychosis.

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Tobacco smoking, cognition and first episode psychosis: time for a rethink?

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Marcus Munafo appraises a recent cross sectional study of tobacco smoking and its association with cognition in first episode psychosis patients.

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