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(p. 3) What Is Psychosis? 

(p. 3) What Is Psychosis?
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(p. 3) What Is Psychosis?
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Beth Broussard

, and Michael T. Compton

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190920685.003.0001
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date: 30 July 2021

This first chapter explains what psychosis is. Psychosis is a treatable mental illness. For many people with first-episode psychosis, symptoms begin to clear up partially or completely within weeks of starting treatment. Although the symptoms of psychosis may be frightening to the individual and his or her family, there are treatments for these symptoms. First-episode psychosis is the period of time when a person first begins to experience psychosis. It is during this time that young people and their families need detailed information about the initial evaluation and treatment. People who get into treatment earlier often do better. In many places, specialty treatment programs now exist that specifically focus on first-episode psychosis. Those programs often provide treatments designed to help young people get back on track in terms of school and work goals.

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