What is Early Intervention?
Early intervention means detection and treatment of psychosis during the critical early phase of illness. Delays cause unnecessary distress, increase the risk of relapse and are potentially harmful for the person, their family and friends. Early treatment has been shown to improve the long-term course of psychosis.
If left untreated, there is greater disruption to the person’s family, friendships, study and work. Other problems may also occur or intensify, such as unemployment, depression, substance abuse, breaking the law and causing injury to him/herself. In addition, delays in treatment may lead to a slower and less complete recovery.
Psychosis can disrupt a very critical stage of a young person’s life. Adolescents and young adults are just starting to develop their own identity, form lasting relationships, and make serious plans for their careers and future. Being able to treat psychosis early greatly increases the person’s odds of being able to enjoy a healthy and productive future.
Early Intervention provides an holistic care approach to young people experiencing psychosis and works with family and carers as part of the treatment programme. Services include access to a range of interventions which may include family therapy, cognitive behavior therapy and talking therapies. As well as helping young people to reach their goals in education, work and other vocational pursuits.