Psychosis, Susceptibility and Early Intervention

Prof. Alison Yung

In this episode we explore the topic of psychosis, susceptibility and early intervention. What is psychosis? How real are hallucinations and delusions? Are the likes of Fight Club and Mr Robot accurate depictions of psychotic episodes, or just Hollywood hyperbole? Who is most susceptible to this illness, and what can we do to intervene?

My guest for today’s episode is Professor Alison Yung (@alisonryung). Alison is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manchester, Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, and Director of Undergraduate Education for the Institute of Brain Behaviour and Mental Health at the Manchester Medical School.

In 2009 she received the Lilly Oration Award for prominence in psychiatric research in Australia and New Zealand, and in 2010 was the recipient of the Richard J Wyatt Award “for remarkable contribution to the area of early intervention”.

She is the author of than 150 publications, a body of work which in 2014 helped her make it onto the Thomson Reuters list of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds”, as one of the 100 most highly-cited researchers in the field of psychiatry and psychology.




Further Reading

Read Alison’s interview about her Thomson Reuters award.

What It’s Like to be Psychotic” by Jack Bragen. A first-person account of what it’s like to experience psychosis.

A summary of the At Risk Mental State (ARMS) parameters which Alison developed.

A brief version of the Comprehensive Assessment of At Risk Mental States (CAARMS), used by psychiatrists to help predict somebodys level of risk for developing psychosis.

A good Britannica article which discusses the distinction between Functional vs. Organic psychosis.

Facts About Mental Illness and Violence – University of Washington

The effects and determinants of exercise participation in first-episode psychosis, a qualitative study – Study examining the perceived effects of exercise as experienced by people in the early stages of psychosis.


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