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Although there is no cure, there is plenty of hope for people who have experienced psychosis. Medications that control symptoms are available, and when they are combined with other types of therapies most people with psychosis do recover, either completely or to a great extent. Once the symptoms of psychosis have been controlled, a vulnerability for relapse will remain for many people. People who have this vulnerability can learn to adjust, manage their symptoms and live full, productive lives.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to recovery:

  • Getting help at the earliest possible time is important.
  • Early detection and treatment are important, but even individuals who have suffered from psychosis for many months or years can still expect to respond to treatment.
  • With treatment, many people with psychosis go on to live full lives and to experience success at work, in school, in their social lives and in other areas.
  • Treatments of mental illness are effective 60% to 80% of the time! In fact, mental illnesses are successfully treated at a much higher rate than many other chronic and serious health conditions.

Last updated on: December 12th, 2016