IEPA 2014

Title Poster First Author Abstract or summary Type
Community Exercise Program (FitMind) for Patients with Psychosis Edwin H.M. Lee

Recent studies found exercise can improve cognition and symptom of patients with psychosis in addition to their physical health. However, most of the exercise interventions were gymnasium-based and it is difficult to generalize the benefits to the community in which many patients cannot access the facilities. FitMind is a community exercise program designed to promote exercise habit in the community through easy-to-learn aerobic exercise. It consists of a set of 10 aerobic movements which could be linked up together to become interesting aerobic dance.

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The Development of a Multiple Family Group Programme for First-Episode Psychosis in Singapore Christopher Loh

Studies have suggested benefits of Multiple Family Group (MFG) in improving families coping with first-episode psychosis . MFG in the Early Psychosis Intervention Programme (EPIP) in Singapore is a newly developed, activity-based and experiential programme which comprises four 2.5-hour weekly sessions.

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From Threat to Rumination Young Chul Chung

The perception of threat is a central feature of paranoia. There is considerable evidence that paranoid individuals often experienced an abnormal frequency of adverse events such as bullying, discrimination and victimization. These precipitants may cause state of hyperarousal or induce anomalous perceptual experience. Combined with emotional distress, negative beliefs about the self, others and the world, and reasoning bias, hypervigilant individuals may try to make sense of internal unusual experience in negative and malicious way leading to the formation of threat belief.

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Self-stigma in young people at high risk of psychosis and Xu Ziyan

Early detection and intervention programs for young people at high risk for psychosis aim to increase help-seeking rates to improve clinical outcome. While it is likely that young people at risk of psychosis would encounter self-stigma about 'mental illness label (Wright et al, 2011). The first onset of illness is often a catastrophic event for individuals and their family carers. Self-stigma may be particularly relevant for individuals who are experiencing their first diagnosis of a mental illness.

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Enhancing recovery in early schizophrenia – a controlled clinical trial investigating cannabidiol CR vs. placebo as an add-on to antipsychotic treatment F. Markus Leweke

Current antipsychotic treatments of schizophrenia are only partially effective, and their use is often associated with serious side effects. Cannabidiol is a natural counterpart of the psychoactive component of marijuana, delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol and has no psychotomimetic or addictive properties. In a controlled clinical trial of cannabidiol versus amisulpride in acute paranoid schizophrenia we showed a statistically significant clinical improvement in all symptoms clusters of schizophrenia compared to baseline with either treatment.

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Clinical Service for At-Risk Mental State – The Singapore Experience Swapna Verma

Introduction: The Support for Wellness Achievement Programme (SWAP) was established in in March 2008 within the remit of the Singapore Early Psychosis Intervention Programme to provide a comprehensive and integrated assessment and treatment service for those experiencing At Risk Mental States (ARMS). The management of these individuals is done within a multidisciplinary framework with focus on psychosocial interventions. Methods:From March 2008 to March 2014, 240 patients were accepted into the service.

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Development and implementation of the London Early detection And Prevention (LEAP) service in an inner London prison setting Lucia Valmaggia

In this talk we describe the development and implementation of LEAP. LEAP is an innovative service providing early detection and early intervention for emerging mental health problems within a prison setting.

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EARLY INTERVENTION IN PSYCHOSIS: A MAP OF LATIN AMERICA CLINICAL AND RESEARCH INITIATIVES Rodrigo Bressan

Objective: The presentation aims to review Latin America's Early Intervention Services (EIS) in psychosis, and to shed light onto their challenges and particularities. Method: An Internet-based search comprising medical societies websites, published articles, and major universities websites was conducted and the results were critically discussed. Results: Latin American countries are profoundly deficient in specialized EIS. Our research found 7 target services, among which 4 are based in urban areas of Brazil, inside tertiary hospitals or universities.

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Implementing At-Risk Mental State Services in a Japanese Clinical Setting Kazunori Matsumoto

Background: The concept of at-risk mental state (ARMS) is valuable for identifying individuals in a putative prodromal state of psychosis and for reducing conversion risk. However, since most evidence is derived from longitudinal observations in Western countries, observations from the rest of the world are imperative if the concept is to be generalized to various clinical settings.Methods: A naturalistic longitudinal study was conducted at a specialized early psychosis clinic at a university hospital in Sendai, Japan.

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TRIPP: TRauma-Informed Psychotherapy for Psychosis Sarah Bendall

Traumatic experiences, and their symptomatic and functional consequences, are becoming increasingly important in the treatment of first episode psychosis (FEP). Our recent data shows that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in FEP is common and results from both childhood trauma and acute psychosis (47% and 39% respectively). Thus far, trials of the treatment of trauma symptoms in psychosis have focussed on PTSD symptoms.

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