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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

OP77. Developing services to improve the quality of life of young people with neurodevelopmental disorders, emotional/neurotic disorders and emerging personality disorder

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Published: Jun 2011

Status: current

Number of pages: 24

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It has long been acknowledged across the UK that too many young people with mental health or neurodevelopmental disorders encounter difficulties when attempting to make the transition from child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) to adult services.


However, less commonly recognised is the fact that young people with neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g. autism-spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)), emotional/neurotic disorders and emerging personality disorder are those who struggle the most, either because of difficulties in the process of moving from one service to another or because they find that no suitable service exists for them once they reach adulthood. It is with these young people that this paper is concerned.


This report pulls together research data which starkly demonstrate that such conditions with continuity into adult life have as great an impact, or greater, on quality of life, than physical health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, back problems, Parkinson’s disease or rheumatic disease.


The purpose of drawing these findings together is to impress upon commissioners, clinicians and service providers (from all sectors) the high level of disease burden experienced by young people in these three groups and to stress the need for services to be developed to help them.


It is aimed at those who commission and provide services and it is hoped that, having read this paper, they will be galvanised into designing, or re-designing, services and pathways.





  1. Background
  2. Struggling to get help
  3. Measuring quality of life
  4. Evidenced-based treatments and interventions
  5. Commissioning guidance and good practice
  6. Conclusions


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