How can ADAPT help you?

Adolescence and young adulthood can be a time of great change as young people learn to meet new challenges. It can also become a time of distress and confusion when new experiences are overwhelming. ADAPT is a place for people worried about recent changes in their thoughts, perceptions, and feelings. These changes may be difficult to describe to others and are often a source of concern for young people and their families.

Individuals who are eligible and choose to participate in the ADAPT research program will be asked to participate in the following procedures:

Clinical/Research tools (used to complete feedback interview with individual and/or family)

o   Clinical Interview

o   Neurocognitive Testing

o   Psychophysiological Testing

o   Sleep Monitoring

Research tools (used to understand adolescent development and high-risk populations; no direct benefit to you/your family but beneficial to science and society)

o   Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) scans

o   Early development and neurological screening assessment

o   Endocrine (Hormone) Testing

o   Genetic Testing

Clinical Services

Mental and emotional problems are often like physical problems; the sooner they receive treatment, the better. The longer illness is left untreated, the greater the disruption to the person’s ability to study, work, make friends and interact comfortably with others.   The ADAPT program offers an extensive diagnostic evaluation aimed at detecting and then following the progression high-risk states.

Participants are provided complimentary comprehensive assessments on an annual basis, and this longitudinal information provides treatment providers with a critical perspective on subtle, complex and often, insidious changes leading to psychosis.  In addition, and ADAPT team member will meet with the participant and/or family to discuss clinical results and progress after each of the three time points (baseline, 12-month, 24-month).

If participants do not have primary treatment providers (i.e., a Psychologist and/or Psychiatrist), data from the assessments will be used to provide an individualized referral to appropriate expert treatment providers in the community. 

The ADAPT team will work with treatment providers to form a team, designed to identify a risk-syndrome, and then track symptoms and functioning over time.  To this end, ADAPT will provide the respective treatment providers with regular reports detailing a participant’s progress.