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The idea of the preventative method that Mr. Polanczyk proposed is to increase the focus on more preventative methods that will help reduce the burden of mental disorders on society. He proposes to develop “rigorous randomized controlled trials evaluating preventative strategies, in parallel with the incorporation of biological measures as markers of deviant neurodevelopmental processes” (Polanczyk, 2011). But how is the life course of mental illness affected by Mr. Polanczyk’s proposed prevention approach? This would depend on the mental disorder which would dictate what prevention intervention strategy to use. A clinician would have to understand the associated risk factors, onset and course of a mental disorder to know which preventative intervention strategy to use. For example, if looking at school aged children who have associated risk factors of depression, selective and indicated interventions are more effective than universal. In 30 random studies, depression symptoms in children and adolescents found that selective and indicated programs produced small to moderate effects in symptoms reduction, performed better in post intervention, and performed better in follow-up intervention (Eaton, 2012 p. 470). The biggest challenge would be to not just identify the clients, but to encourage them to get the help that they need. That is why education to those who are responding first and who can identify associated risk factors within clients who are not in clinical studies, is important as they can navigate those clients to appropriate care. Resources
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Article Critique- Preventing Mental Disorders: The Challenge Ahead 6 Eaton, W.W (2012). Public Mental Health (1st ed). New York: Oxford University press. IBSN 978-0-19-939044-5 Polanczyk, G. V. (2011). Preventing Mental Disorders: The Challenge Ahead. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 20(3), 109-10. doi:
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