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Early Intervention in Mood Disorders

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Mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder cause greater burden of disease and decrements to health than any other condition in young people. They are recurrent disorders and damage education, relationships and personal development. Their onset is often in adolescence and early intervention that ...

Mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder cause greater burden of disease and decrements to health than any other condition in young people. They are recurrent disorders and damage education, relationships and personal development. Their onset is often in adolescence and early intervention that could take place within a variety of settings (e.g population level, schools, community, clinics) holds the promise of changing trajectory and life course of those impacted.

The goal of the Research Topic is to report on recent papers that investigate and understand the causes, development, prodrome, onset and treatment of mood disorders in young people, using biological, environmental and social paradigms. The aim is to highlight the advances that have been made in this area in recent years, and progress towards how best to intervene early, with whom, when and in which setting (e.g social level, schools, community, clinics).

Examples of topics that could be addressed are:

• The heterotypic vs homotypic development of mood disorders
• The identification and clinical use of prodromal symptoms
• The use of data science in this area (e.g., development of predictive models)
• Neuro-imaging and genetic insights into the development of mood disorders
• Identification of psychological processes (e.g. cognitive biases) that are early signs of depression
• New interventions (e.g. psychological treatments or biological agents) and their testing
• Service innovations in the early identification and treatment of mood disorders
• Clinical staging of depression and bipolar disorders
• Engagement of adolescents with early interventions
• Evaluation of interventions that may target vulnerable populations in schools, youth clubs and other community centres

We welcome data-based papers, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, epidemiological work, methodological papers, and clinical trials including feasibility work. We would also value theoretical papers advancing new frameworks or interdisciplinary viewpoints that could illuminate thinking in this area.


Keywords: depression, early interventions, bipolar disorder, treatment


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