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Month: February 2014
Speaker: Dr. Paddy Power, Consultant Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist at St. Patrick’s University Hospital
Topic: Early Intervention and Prevention of Psychosis
Summary: Dr. Power’s lecture addresses the 2 questions:

  1. What are the benefits of early intervention in schizophrenia*?
  2. Are we any closer to preventing schizophrenia?

*the diagnosis of schizophrenia is defined here as ‘ where a person is experiencing continual symptoms of psychosis for at least one month ’

Dr. Power categorizes four stages of development which illustrate the progression of the illness, schizophrenia:

Stage 1. Subtle Symptoms
Stage 2. Psychotic
Stage 3. Relapse
Stage 4. Treatment Resistance

He references studies (Alison Yung 1999, Patrick McGorry 2002 and Mary Cannon 2013)
which show that early intervention at Stage 1 can result in more benign treatments for patients and in the long term reduce costs of health service delivery by reducing submissions to hospital and relapse admissions. Dr. Power also talks about the Australian service model of early intervention, Headspace and the potential for the Irish organization Headstrong’s Jigsaw project to map to this model of service delivery.

Aware lectures are provided free of charge and all are welcome to attend. Lectures take place the second Wednesday of every month at the Lecture Theatre, Swift Centre, St. Patrick’s Hospital, James’s St., Dublin 8.

Lectures start at 7.30pm however we advise that you arrive 15 minutes early to ensure you are seated comfortably. Paid parking is available in the St. Patrick’s Hospital car park (entrance via Steeven’s Lane); alternatively, take the Luas (red line) to Heuston Station and walk (map to St. Patrick’s Hospital).

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