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What is the treatment for psychosis?

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It’s important to get treated early, after the first episode of psychosis. That will help keep the symptoms from affecting your relationships, work, or school. It may also help you avoid more problems down the road.

You doctor may recommend Coordinated Specialty Care or CSC. This is a team approach towards treating schizophrenia when the first symptoms appear. It combines medicine and therapy along with social services and employment and educational interventions. The family is involved as much as possible.

Just what your doctor recommends will depend on the cause of your psychosis.

Your doctor will prescribe antipsychotic drugs -- in pills, liquids, or shots -- to lessen your symptoms. He will also recommend that you stop using drugs and alcohol.

SOURCES:

National Alliance on Mental Health: “Psychosis.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine Medline Plus: “Psychotic Disorders.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) Questions & Answers.”

Compton, M. and Broussard, B. , published online 2009. The First Episode of Psychosis: A Guide for Patients and Their Families

Cleveland Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Schizophrenia.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “What is Psychosis?”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on July 13, 2019

SOURCES:

National Alliance on Mental Health: “Psychosis.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine Medline Plus: “Psychotic Disorders.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) Questions & Answers.”

Compton, M. and Broussard, B. , published online 2009. The First Episode of Psychosis: A Guide for Patients and Their Families

Cleveland Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Schizophrenia.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “What is Psychosis?”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on July 13, 2019

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