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Mental healthcare in the transition from child and adolescent to adult psychiatry: what a psychiatrist cannot ignore 

Mental healthcare in the transition from child and adolescent to adult psychiatry: what a psychiatrist cannot ignore
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Mental healthcare in the transition from child and adolescent to adult psychiatry: what a psychiatrist cannot ignore
Author(s):

Mariana Pinto da Costa

, Ana Moscoso

, and Giovanni de Girolamo

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198723646.003.0023
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date: 30 November 2021

This chapter covers mental healthcare in the transition from child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) to adult mental health services (AMHS). Transition periods are known to be a risk factor for mental health problems. These periods can be especially challenging for those with mental disorders, their families, and the care systems. Failing the transition can interrupt patients’ recovery. This highlights the importance of providing care in an efficient way, guaranteeing a safe CAMS–AMHS transition for those who need care continuity. Nevertheless, mental health provision at this phase is often inconsistent and not engaging. This chapter presents relevant findings on life experiences at this age transition, the concerns and degrees of impairment depending on the context, the predictors of mental illness continuity into adulthood, the types of transition services available, the evidence of successful transition pathways, as well as perceptions of obstacles for this transition.

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