Age of Onset of Mental Disorders

Etiopathogenetic and Treatment Implications

  • Giovanni de Girolamo
  • Patrick D. McGorry
  • Norman Sartorius

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Giovanni Fiorito, Carlotta Sacerdote, Paolo Vineis
    Pages 15-28
  3. Jouko Miettunen, Johanna Immonen, John J. McGrath, Matti Isohanni, Erika Jääskeläinen
    Pages 55-73
  4. Jessica Dagani, Ross J. Baldessarini, Giulia Signorini, Olav Nielssen, Giovanni de Girolamo, Matthew Large
    Pages 75-110
  5. Nefize Yalin, Allan H. Young
    Pages 111-124
  6. Jeroen S. Legerstee, Bram Dierckx, Elisabeth M. W. J. Utens, Frank C. Verhulst, Carola Zieldorff, Gwen C. Dieleman et al.
    Pages 125-147
  7. Adrian B. Kelly, Megan Weier, Wayne D. Hall
    Pages 149-167
  8. Jason P. Connor, Megan Weier, Wayne D. Hall
    Pages 169-182
  9. Andrew M. Chanen, Katherine N. Thompson
    Pages 183-201
  10. Angela Favaro, Paolo Busetto, Enrico Collantoni, Paolo Santonastaso
    Pages 203-216
  11. David Coghill, Phillip Asherson, Stephen V. Faraone, Luis A. Rohde
    Pages 217-236
  12. Sandra Landwehr, Ralph Brinks, Annika Hoyer
    Pages 237-253

About this book


This book presents a thorough and critical review of current  knowledge about  the age of onset of mental disorders. The opening chapters offer information about the impact of the age of onset on the clinical picture, course, and outcome of physical illnesses, and about  the neurobiological implications and correlates of different ages of onset. The impact and correlates of the ages of onset of all the most important mental disorders are then discussed in detail by internationally renowned scientists. The background to the book is the recognition that a better understanding of age of onset makes it possible to estimate the lifetime risk of disorders, helps to elucidate pathogenesis, and facilitates efficient, targeted clinical management. The book will be of value for clinicians, mental health professionals, mental health researchers, epidemiologists, and different stakeholders in the mental health field.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Giovanni de Girolamo
    • 1
  • Patrick D. McGorry
    • 2
  • Norman Sartorius
    • 3
  1. 1.Unit of Psychiatric Epidemiology and EvaluationIRCCS St John of God Clinical Research CenterBresciaItaly
  2. 2.Orygen The National Centre of ExcellenceUniversity of MelbourneVictoriaAustralia
  3. 3.Association for the Improvement of Mental Health ProgrammesGenevaSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-72618-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-72619-9
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