The most common specific treatment options are medicines and talking therapies.
In EIP, some of the most common medicines are Aripiprazole, Olanzapine, Quetiapine and Risperidone, but there are others. They all work in a similar ways in the brain but can feel different to take. Some may suit one person better than others and so discussing the options with a doctor, nurse or pharmacist is important.
There are also different types of psychological or talking therapies. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy aims to reduce distress and help you get back on with life by looking at thinking and behaviour patterns. Family Intervention aims to reduce stress and tension within families and help families to cope better with what’s happening. This also reduces the chances of getting another episode of psychosis.
All of these treatment options are recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) as good for young people with unusual distressing experiences. Arts therapies might also be good, especially if you’ve stopped doing a lot of stuff like seeing friends and going out and you’re finding it really difficult to be bothered to do anything.
There’s lots more information about different treatments and approaches for psychosis in our ‘Treatment Choice booklet’. You can decide what treatment is best for you and you can get advice in our ‘Treatment choice booklet’.
1) Mental Health Service Support
2) Support from other people with similar experiences
3) Support and therapies for work, education and things that you do
4) Physical health support and therapies
5) Psychological therapies
6) Medication Therapies