Introduction

The onset of psychotic illnesses occurs most commonly in late adolescence or early adulthood. The emergence of the illness via a prodrome with the later advent of acute psychotic symptoms is typically an extremely disturbing experience for a young person, their family and friends, leading to a highly emotional and volatile environment. The way that a psychotic illness is first managed provides an opportunity to reduce the immediate and future harm associated with it, and to establish a positive basis for future care. This simple principle has been embraced in an increasing number of centres around the world and underpins the widespread reform process now under way [1].

High quality care has the potential to provide special benefits in young people with early psychosis. Late adolescence and early adulthood is a critical stage of psychological, social, educational and vocational development. Serious mental illness can cause very substantial disruption to these processes, leading to long-term functional disability and poor outcomes. Effective intervention in the initial phases of psychosis can help prevent the biological, psychological and social deterioration that can occur in the early years [2]. This chapter focuses particularly on the optimal care of the prepsychotic phase and the first episode of psychosis.

BiPolar Explained

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Bipolar is a condition that wreaks havoc on those that it affects. If you suffer from Bipolar, chances are that your family suffers right with you. No matter if you are that family member trying to learn to cope or you are the person that has been diagnosed, there is hope out there.

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