People who have psychosis get better faster when they get help early on. With prompt treatment, they often do better in work, school and their personal lives.
Mental illnesses that have psychosis as a symptom, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, respond well to early treatment. The illness is less likely to become disabling with early help. The average person experiences psychosis for 72 weeks before it is treated. But it is much better if treatment starts within six months of early symptoms. When treatment is delayed, some symptoms may be-come more severe, and recovery is harder.
Undiagnosed psychosis most often begins in young people in their late teens to mid-twenties. This booklet is for young adults who have had a first episode of psychosis and their friends and families. It offers information about psychosis, treatment, resources, wellness and recovery. It offers information about how to manage after a first episode of psychosis and how to get help from the mental health care system. Families and friends will learn their role in caring for a loved one, how to provide helpful support and how to work as a team with their loved one.
Learning how to advocate for a loved one will help to ensure they are safe and getting all of the help they need. Learning to share decision making with a loved one can keep them from feeling helpless in the face of a difficult illness. Please download the following resource booklet: UNDERSTANDING PSYCHOSIS