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Dr Celso Arango, President Elect of ECNP, explains the ESSENCE framework, and weighs up the risks and benefits of early schizophrenia diagnosis
Dr Arango discusses preventive medicine as the future of psychiatry, but acknowledges this it comes with certain risks, such as stigma and unnecessary side effects. He believes early intervention has benefits both for the patients' outcomes, but also it is cost effective in the long-term for health and social systems. He argues that governments need to think more long term about their mental health policies.