Parent Guide: Understanding a First Episode of Psychosis (SAMHSA)

It can be scary at first—learning your child has a mental health diagnosis. But, once you really think about it, it is no different than learning your child has asthma or diabetes. You become educated about the condition, you find the resources and professionals your child needs to be healthy, and you continue to love your child just as much as you ever did.

Hearing a health care professional say your youth or young adult is experiencing a first episode of psychosis can be confusing. The good news is that the emotions and behaviors you have been concerned about are often symptoms of a treatable disorder. By engaging in treatment and entering recovery, people with psychoses can feel better and can go on to lead productive, meaningful lives. Recovery does not necessarily mean a cure for people experiencing a first episode of psychosis. It does mean that people are actively moving toward wellness.

A publication from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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