Demographic and clinical characteristics of diagnosed and non-diagnosed psychotic disorders in the community

Michel, C; Schimmelmann, BG; Schultze-Lutter, F (2018). Demographic and clinical characteristics of diagnosed and non-diagnosed psychotic disorders in the community. Early intervention in psychiatry, 12(1), pp. 87-90. Blackwell Publishing Asia 10.1111/eip.12360

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Aim Retrospective studies of first-episode psychosis patients have reported that psychosis often remains untreated for some time. Yet, from clinical samples, the characteristics and number of non-diagnosed untreated psychosis patients in a community can only be estimated. Thus, this short report compares socio-demographic and clinical features of diagnosed and non-diagnosed psychotic individuals assessed in the community. Methods Using telephone interviews, we clinically assessed 2682 community participants (aged 16–40 years) in the Canton of Bern, Switzerland, to examine the characteristics of non-diagnosed psychosis. Results Of the 41 detected psychosis patients (1.5% of the sample), 21 (54%) had already been diagnosed and treated. Non-diagnosed individuals experienced a delusional disorder (DD) (n = 10) more frequently than diagnosed individuals (n = 1), but did not differ in other socio-demographic characteristics. Conclusion Further study of DD should be emphasized, along with increased awareness of the condition in primary healthcare services, as individuals with DD might present themselves for other complaints.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Michel, Chantal; Schimmelmann, Benno Karl Edgar and Schultze-Lutter, Frauke

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1751-7885

Publisher:

Blackwell Publishing Asia

Language:

English

Submitter:

Fabienne Bolliger

Date Deposited:

05 Sep 2016 12:48

Last Modified:

31 Jan 2018 01:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/eip.12360

PubMed ID:

27556574

Uncontrolled Keywords:

community; delusional disorder; non-diagnosed psychotic disorders; prevalence

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.87406

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/87406

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