First-Episode Psychosis: An Overview of Research in Iran


Homayoun Amini 1 , *

1 Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Roozbeh Hospital, South Kargar Avenue, Tehran, Iran

How to Cite: Amini H. First-Episode Psychosis: An Overview of Research in Iran, Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci. 2011 ; 5(1):6-16.


Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: 5 (1); 6-16
Published Online: June 30, 2011
Article Type: Review Article
Received: February 05, 2011
Accepted: March 03, 2011


In the last two decades, the importance of developing strategies that reduce the burden of new onset psychosis on affected persons, their families, and the community has been recognized. This article reviews the literature on First-episode psychosis (FEP) in Iran. In the last decade, several studies on FEP have been published in Tehran concerning Duration of untreated psychosis (DUP), pathways to care, diagnostic stability, outcome predictors, treatment, aftercare services, psychosocial interventions, and Neurological soft signs (NSSs). However, the samples in most studies were small, and most participants were recruited from inpatient wards. Therefore, caution must be exercised when generalizing the results to patients with FEP in the community, particularly in other parts of the country. We conclude that it is necessary to conduct follow-up research with sufficiently large samples from the community to support the previously published longitudinal studies on FEP, as well as to help to inform the development of specialized FEP and early intervention services.

Declaration of Interest: None.

Citation: Amini H. First-episode psychosis: An overview of research in Iran. Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 2011; 5(1): 6-16.


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