Mental Health Research on Children Video

In this medical health video learn how research is beginning to focus on the origins of mental health disorders. Instead of simply providing palliative care, researchers are working toward strategies of early intervention.
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Female Speaker: How should mental health research differ between children and adults? Male Speaker: Lot of it we will be looking at in children as we go forward is not that different than what we do in other parts of medicine. Lot of it now is trying to understand to what are the origins, what does this look like before it gets to the end stage? Remember that in the case of mental illness for most of these illnesses schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, even anxiety disorders like OCD, PTSD, or seeing the final common pathway, and we are seeing this at essentially the end stage, it's not the way you would study arthrosclerosis, you wouldn't study ischemic heart disease by looking only at people who had severe myocardial infarctions, you'd want to get there much earlier, you'd want to have the risk factors so you know who do you need to be watching, and you'd want to know what you could do to intervene early on to prevent the myocardial infarction, that's where we ought to be thinking in terms of how we intervene with kids, who is at risk, and what are the interventions that could actually preclude or preempt the psychotic breakdown of schizophrenia. So that we would treat schizophrenia much the way we now treat heart disease getting there before the worst outcome and using interventions that are largely preemptive rather than trying to be palliative after the fact.

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