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Kelleher I, Lynch F, Harley M, Molloy C, Roddy S, Fitzpatrick C, Cannon M. Psychotic Symptoms in Adolescence Index Risk for Suicidal Behavior: Findings From 2 Population-Based Case-Control Clinical Interview Studies. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2012 Oct 29 ; :1-7. Pubmed Abstract

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Primary Papers: Psychotic Symptoms in Adolescence Index Risk for Suicidal Behavior: Findings From 2 Population-Based Case-Control Clinical Interview Studies.

Comment by:  John McGrath, SRF Advisor
Submitted 3 November 2012
Posted 5 November 2012
  I recommend this paper

This important study adds further weight to the utility of assessing psychotic symptoms in general population settings. It has long been routine for those who care for individuals with clinical psychotic disorders to also assess for features of depression and anxiety. In a reciprocal fashion, those involved in the care of individuals with common mental disorders such as depression and anxiety now need to routinely inquire about the presence of psychotic symptoms. While these "crossover"-type symptoms might be inconvenient for those who like to believe that psychiatric taxonomy is simple and obedient, this does not reflect the epidemiological evidence. Because psychotic experiences are associated with suicidal behavior, these items should be included in routine screening.

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