Early Psychosis: A Review of the Treatment LiteratureOctober 11, 2004
Psychosis is a serious public health issue that can lead to severe long-term disability. A new paradigm has emerged in the past decade that aims to decrease the pain and risks associated with psychosis and optimize the chances of a successful recovery.
Despite over 100 years of research, understanding of the causes of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder and the other disorders associated with psychosis remains limited. Although successful treatments have been developed, extrapolation of the research findings from populations with chronic disorders should not be assumed uncritically. This report reviews research on the best interventions currently employed for early psychosis, which usually manifests in young people.