Goals of Treatment for Psychosis

Once a thorough assessment has been completed, a treatment plan will be developed.

Most treatment for psychosis occurs in the community. Individuals can visit local mental health clinics on a regular basis, or arrange for home visits if available in their community.

If hospitalization is required, it is usually only for a brief period to treat the very acute and distressing symptoms of psychosis.

With her commitment to attend ongoing therapies and an excellent mental health team she has gained insight to her illness and takes responsibility for her mental and physical health. – Gail, parent

Goals of Treatment

  • Decreasing positive and negative symptoms of psychosis
  • Reducing secondary symptoms such as anxiety
  • Minimizing the likelihood that other disorders develop such as substance use or depression
  • Preventing relapse
  • Enhancing quality of life
  • Minimizing disruption to the person’s development in such areas as school, work and social pursuits
  • Maintaining or increasing cognitive abilities such as concentration and memory
  • Minimizing side-effects of medication

The different treatments in early psychosis services can be divided into two main groups:

Pharmacological Treatments

Psychosocial Treatments