Network analysis to improve mental health diagnoses



Can we improve the way mental disorders are classified? At the moment, people with the same symptoms can get different diagnoses, while those with different symptoms can get the same diagnosis. And, of course, people can experience symptoms of more than one disorder at a time.

Knowing how such symptoms relate to each other, and how they develop through childhood, could help to improve psychiatric classification and eventually help treat people more effectively.
At the University of Liverpool, Praveetha Patalay has a Seed Award in Science, which she is using to test whether network analysis can help to unpick the complex interactions between different mental health symptoms.

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