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For California Teen, Coverage of Early Psychosis Treatment Proved a Lifesaver

Summer Oriyavong first heard the ringing bells and tapping sounds in her head when she was in middle school. Whispering voices and shadowy visions soon followed. When she ran out of her classroom in terror one day, her teachers and parents realized she needed help they couldn’t provide. The 16-year-old became the fortunate beneficiary of mental health care from an early psychosis program. But such programs only serve about one in 10 of the adolescents and young adults who need them.