M. Rojnic Kuzman, CroatiaZagreb School of Medicine and Zagreb University Hospital Centre Department of Psychiatry
Moderator Of 2 Sessions
The COVID-19 pandemic represents a unique traumatic event which has had and is continuing to have an impact on the mental health of the general population worldwide. The pandemic is a new form of threat, different from previous mass disasters such as tsunami or earthquakes, where the threat is well defined and confined in time and space, while this virus can be everywhere and can be carried by everyone. Therefore, the pandemic and its related containment measures are associated with high levels of depressive, anxiety and stress symptoms in the general population, as well as by increasing levels of stigma and discrimination towards the infected people. However, the pandemic is expected to cause a global economic recession, with increasing rates of unemployment and poverty, which will in turn increase social disparities and suicide risk. Therefore, the most disadvantaged people, such as people living with disabilities, elderly people or migrants, are expected to be the most severely affected by the long-term consequences of the pandemic. In this workshop, international renowned speakers will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic from a social, economic and clinical perspectives, also including experiences from low-resource settings. Furthermore, a specific focus will be given on carers of patients with severe mental disorders, which have been overlooked during the initial phases of the pandemic.
Presenter Of 8 Presentations
European Psychiatry Indicators: EPA Projects with EPA National Societies
Reflections on the Implementation of Community Mental Health Teams During the Covid-19 Pandemic
ECP0027 - Prevention of the First Episode of Psychosis: What Have we Reached by 2021?
Prevention of the First Episode of Psychosis: What Have we Reached by 2021?
The first episode of psychosis is usually preceded by a prodromal period or stage of psychosis, where early signs of symptoms indicating onset of first episode psychosis (FEP) occur. In the last twenty years, enormous progress was made in the tretment of FEP and subsequently schizophrenia, as the focus of treatment of FEP shifted to this prodromal period with the aim of preventing the first episode of psychosis in people at risk.Treatment for the prodromal stage of psychosis is provided within specialized early intervention services, which are somtimes part of the services for the treatment of FEP. Early intervention services, which have been gradually developed in many countries worldwide, usually incorporate multimodal treatment approaches (pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy and psychosocial interventions). However, there are still many differences in the treatment of prodromes across early intervention services, even within one country, leaving open the questions on what kind or combinations of treatments really work in the prevention of FEP. The methods of studies in the scientific psychiatric literature do not allow easy translation of scientific data to clinical practice. In the presentation, an up-to-date overview of the available treatments offered witin early intervention services for prevention of FEP is given.