A new philosophy in care for young people labeled at risk for mental illness involves early intervention before the onset of full-blown psychosis.

However, despite the obvious benefit of schizophrenia prevention, the potential harm and risks inherent in identifying and labeling young people at risk has been unknown.

Now, a new study discovers that young people identified as at clinical risk for psychosis reported a greater stigma associated with the symptoms that led them to seek help than the risk label, or the stigma of coming to a specialized clinic.

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