"Disruption to life functioning need not occur. If psychosis is detected early, many problems can be prevented.
Current treatments are so effective that almost every individual can recover from a first episode of psychosis! The earlier the disorder is treated, the greater the chance of a successful recovery.
If left untreated, there is greater disruption to the person’s family, friendships, study and work. Other problems may also occur or intensify, such as unemployment, depression, substance abuse, breaking the law and causing injury to him/herself. In addition, delays in treatment may lead to a slower and less complete recovery.
Psychosis can disrupt a very critical stage of a young person’s life. Adolescents and young adults are just starting to develop their own identity, form lasting relationships, and make serious plans for their careers and future. Being able to treat psychosis early greatly increases the person’s odds of being able to enjoy a healthy and productive future."
Excerpt from the following site on Early Intervention in British Columbia: