Alternatives to antipsychotics needed

The study, conducted by Professor Patrick McGorry’s group at the Orygen Youth Health Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, showed 35% of the 416 patients in the study developed psychosis over 10 years of follow-up.

The highest rate of transition occurred in the first two years after attending the ultra high risk patients’ clinic, with 20% of patients transitioning to psychosis.

The participants were aged between 15 and 30 at baseline and fitted into one of three categories of ultra high risk of psychosis — having either