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Early Psychosis and Trauma-Related Disorders: Clinical Practice Guidelines and Future Directions

Monday, March 6, 2017  
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By: Casey A. Cragin, Martha B. Straus, Dawn Blacker, Laura M. Tully and Tara A. Niendam

Posted on Frontiers in Psychiatry (


Despite high rates of trauma-related disorders among individuals with early psychosis, no clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of comorbid early psychosis and trauma-related disorders exist to date. Indeed, the routine exclusion of individuals with past and current psychosis from participation in trauma research and practice has limited the accumulation of research that could support such clinical practice guidelines. While preliminary research evidence suggests that traditional, evidence-based treatments for trauma-related disorders can be safely and effectively employed to reduce symptoms of posttraumatic stress and chronic psychosis, it remains unclear whether such treatments are appropriate for individuals in the early stages of psychotic illness.



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