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First Episode Psychosis: An Information Guide Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

The Process of Recovery

First Episode Psychosis: An Information Guide

People dealing with a first episode of psychosis should be actively involved in their own treatment and recovery. This can be achieved by learning about the illness and its treatment, and the ways to prevent further illness episodes. The recovery process will be more successful if the person learns to recognize warning signs or symptoms, learns how to manage stress, builds up a social support network, and engages in valued activities, such as work, school or leisure.

A final word about recovery
The course of recovery from a first episode of psychosis varies from person to person. Sometimes symptoms go away quickly and people are able to resume a normal life right away. For others, it may take several weeks or months to recover, and they may need support over a longer period of time.

Psychosis is treatable and many people will make an excellent recovery.

In First Episode Psychosis: An Information Guide

  1. What is psychosis?
  2. The symptoms of psychosis
  3. The causes of psychosis
  4. The different types of psychosis
  5. Treatments for psychosis
  6. Family involvement — issues and concerns
  7. The process of recovery
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