Could I Just Ignore It?

Could I Just Ignore It?


Psychosis is bad for you!

  Untreated psychosis can interfere with many areas of a person's life including the ability to:

  • Think clearly, reason, make decisions and remember
  • Success at school, college or work
  • Have satisfying relationships with family, partners or friends
  • Complete normal stages of development (e.g. becoming independent, deciding what is important, pursuing life goals, developing social and sexual relationships

  Untreated psychosis can be:

  • Very distressing and frightening
  • A trigger that causes people to take risks that may result in harm to themselves or others
  • Very isolating
  • Associated with problems with drugs or alcohol and involvement in criminal behaviour
  • A trigger for other mental health problems such as depression and suicide

Intervening early has benefits

What do we mean by early intervention?

By early intervention we mean getting appropriate medical, psychological and occupational help as soon as you or others around you notice changes that are strange, upsetting or affecting your ability to do the things you would normally do.

Research tells us that if treatment is delayed this can affect the person's ability to respond to treatment and to recover.  This is known as the Duration of Untreated Psychosis (DUP)

The first five years after psychosis starts are a critical period where symptoms are most responsive to change.

Lowers risk of experiencing psychosis again

Less likely to need treatment in hospital

The better you recover in the short-term, the better the long-term outcome

Recovery is quicker

Preserves skills, family and social supports

We want you to return to feeling safe, happy and able to do the things that are important to you again.

That's why it's so important to seek help as soon as you can.