Early in her career, psychologist Rachel Loewy observed a disheartening contrast between two related populations. In interviews, teens with schizotypal personality disorder were “lucid and self-aware” enough to coherently describe their experiences. Middle-aged people with full-blown schizophrenia, however, could no longer have a normal conversation. If medical doctors attempt to predict and prevent diabetes, she wondered, shouldn’t psychologists do the same with schizophrenia? This article is an important resource for those interested in improving prognoses for psychiatric disease.
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Jennifer Couzin-Frankel covers biomedical and clinical research, scientific misconduct, and ethics for Science.