About this Research Topic
Young people seeking help for clinical high risk (CHR) symptoms have a high risk of developing a psychotic disorder, developing other mental disorders, or experiencing persistent psychosocial deficits accompanied by a reduction in quality of life (QoL). This phase of presentation offers an excellent starting point for indicated prevention that, currently, aims at reducing CHR symptoms and, possibly, preventing transition to frank psychosis and enabling progression to non-psychotic outcomes. To improve the outcome from CHR states and to prevent psychosis, a better understanding of the association between epidemiological data and neurobiological underpinnings with symptomatic and functional outcomes (including QoL) is crucial. Despite advancements in the understanding of CHR states and psychosis, many risk factors and the relevance of neurobiology for the outcome of treatment options (e.g. QoL) remain poorly understood. Furthermore, knowledge on predictors and risk factors, as well as alterations in brain structure and function related to CHR states and psychosis, have the potential to individualize treatment recommendations.
The aim of this Research Topic is to highlight and promote recent research focusing on the epidemiology and neurobiology of CHR states and psychosis onset, new treatment options as well as the consequences on patients’ QoL. Studies highlighting cutting edge research to help gain further clinical insight into CHR states and psychosis and their outcome would be given priority.
Both original research and review studies in young individuals with CHR states for psychosis or a first-episode of a psychotic disorder across the age range of 8 to 40 years will be welcomed. We especially encourage contributions focusing on:
• recent advances in epidemiological findings of CHR and
• neurobiological underpinnings (functional, connectivity and
neuroimaging) of treatment response and outcome
• brain chemistry (e.g. neuroinflammation) related to CHR and
• risk factors, predictors and neurobiological underpinnings of CHR
states and psychosis
• therapeutic interventions for CHR states and their consequences
• systemic biomarkers relevant to neurobiology (e.g. immune
activation, oxidative stress etc.)
• longitudinal studies focusing on quality of life as outcome (e.g.
• biological treatment options for CHR and psychosis (e.g. omega-
Keywords: Clinical high risk, Psychosis, Neurobiology, Epidemiology, Quality of Life
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