Transdiagnostic approaches towards early detection and intervention of mental disorders

Cavelti, Marialuisa; Michel, Chantal (July 2023). Transdiagnostic approaches towards early detection and intervention of mental disorders (Unpublished). In: IEPA's 14th International Conference on Early Intervention in Mental Health. Lausanne, Switzerland. 10.07.-12.07.2023.

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Most psychiatric disorders first emerge during adolescence and young adulthood. Non-specific, attenuated or transient symptoms combined with distress and a functional decline often become apparent before the full-threshold disorder emerges. However, early symptoms are often diffuse and dynamic in nature, and the developmental trajectories are heterotypic, with multiple syndromes as end-states. This challenges the usefulness of the traditional siloed and categorical approaches to diagnosing mental disorders; particularly for prevention and early intervention efforts. In the current symposium, research findings in the context of transdiagnostic approaches towards psychopathology, and their implications for early detection and intervention for mental disorders are presented and discussed.

In the first talk, Janko Kaeser will present the results of a study investigating positive psychotic symptoms as a marker of severity in a transdiagnostic sample of adolescent patients.

Second, Louise Destrée will report first results from a study that aimed to validate the Clinical High At-Risk Mental Health (CHARMS) criteria to identify young people at risk of developing a range of full-threshold disorders.

Third, Giulia Rinaldi will show the results of a study that examined the associations between coping strategies, Clinical High Risk for psychosis symptoms and the level of overall psychopathology or self-related health status, in both a general population and a clinical sample.

In the final talk, Ashwin Ratheesh will discuss the results of a large sample sized study exploring the inter-relationships between mood, psychotic and anxiety symptom stages, and their common risk factors to develop data-informed transdiagnostic stages for clinical staging models.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

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Cavelti, Marialuisa (A), Michel, Chantal


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Chantal Michel

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