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The Effect of a Multi-Modal, 12-week Healthy Lifestyle, Grocery Shopping and Walking group Intervention With and Without Switch to Ziprasidone on Metabolic Parameters in a Canadian First Episode Psychosis Population Sharman Robertson

Individuals with psychotic spectrum illnesses are intrinsically vulnerable to central obesity, insulin insensitivity, metabolic syndrome, type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Higher rates of central obesity and abnormal serum glucose/lipids may exist prior to starting antipsychotic medication. Multiple risk factors have been identified: positive, negative and cognitive symptoms of psychosis, poverty, stigma, metabolically active medications, and poor diet.

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Trajectories of Negative Symptoms Following a First Episode of Psychosis and Implications for Social and Functional Recovery Jo Hodgekins

Negative symptoms are not a stable trait but are subject to significant fluctuations over time. Individuals vary in the stability of their negative symptoms and those with persistently elevated negative symptoms are at highest risk of poor long term outcome. Research investigating individual trajectories of negative symptoms early in the course of non-affective psychosis is limited and little is understood about the longitudinal interplay of negative symptoms and social recovery.

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Negative psychotic symptoms and impaired role functioning in the at-risk mental state: a latent class cluster analysis study Lucia Valmaggia

Background. Individual symptom scores at baseline do not predict the course and outcome of the at risk mental state.Method. Latent class cluster analysis was applied to investigate data from 318 individuals with an at risk mental state for psychosis. The score on the Comprehensive Assessment of At-Risk Mental States (CAARMS) wasused to explore the number, size and symptom profiles of latent classes.Results.

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Negative symptoms in the at-risk mental state - association with transition to psychosis and functional outcome Stephen Wood

The at-risk mental state (ARMS) is generally defined by the presence of psychotic symptoms that do not meet the threshold for frank psychotic disorder, because they are attenuated in severity and/or duration. Furthermore, the transition to psychosis is determined on the basis of worsening in these same positive psychotic symptoms. The nature and course of negative symptoms in ARMS individuals is not commonly reported, and no study to date has examined the trajectory of this dimension.

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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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