Untreated Psychotic Illness: Stemming the Tide

In a recent study involving 404 patients with first-episode psychosis recruited at 34 community clinics in 21 different US states, we found that the median duration of untreated psychosis was 1.5 years. Data regarding patients with other conditions suggest even longer intervals between onset of signs and symptoms and appropriate diagnosis: bipolar disorder, 6 years; major depression, 8 years; generalized anxiety disorder, 9 years, and alcohol abuse, 9 years.

The baseline National Comorbidity Survey estimated that approximately 80% of all people in the United States with a mental disorder eventually seek treatment, but that the median delay between first onset of the disorder and first treatment is nearly a decade. Research conducted in other developed countries has also found lengthy delays in treatment implementation.

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