First Episode Psychosis: An Information Guide
In most cases, it is difficult to know what has caused the first episode of psychosis. Current research indicates that a combination
of biological factors, including genetic factors, create a situation where a person is vulnerable to, or at a greater risk
of, developing psychotic symptoms. A number of brain chemicals, including dopamine and serotonin, may play a role in how psychosis
develops. A stressful event may trigger psychotic symptoms in a person who is vulnerable.
In the first episode of psychosis the cause may be particularly unclear. Therefore, it is important for the individual to
have a thorough medical assessment, to rule out any physical illness that may be the cause of the psychosis. This assessment
involves medical tests as well as a detailed assessment by a mental health professional.
In First Episode Psychosis: An Information Guide
- What is psychosis?
- The symptoms of psychosis
- The causes of psychosis
- The different types of psychosis
- Treatments for psychosis
- Family involvement — issues and concerns
- The process of recovery