Treatments for psychosis

If you are diagnosed with psychosis, you should first be referred to a specialist team. They will work with you to plan the best course of treatment.

Symptoms of psychosis may never go away entirely, but you may find that with the right treatment and support your symptoms are less distressing and more manageable.

Medication

Most people with psychosis will be offered antipsychotic drugs. You may also be offered antidepressants or drugs to help with the side effects of the antipsychotics. Common drugs for psychosis include:

  • Olanazpine
  • Repiridone
  • Clozapine

It is important to review your medication regularly with your doctor and tell them if you aren’t happy with how it’s working.

When you start taking antipsychotic medication, you should have a full physical health check, including weight, blood pressure and other blood tests. Doctors should repeat these checks regularly.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

CBT is a talking therapy that can help you understand your experiences and any upsetting and worrying thoughts and beliefs. You can discuss new ways of thinking and dealing with them. CBT doesn’t get rid of the symptoms, but may help you cope better and make you feel less distressed.

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