Ask the Doctor: First Episodes of Psychosis
Dr. Corinne Cather and Dr. Abigail Donovan describe the coordinated array of services available to individuals after first episode psychosis. Much of the session is dedicated to explaining the importance of family-focused education and treatment. Research has shown that family functioning can directly impact the course of a mental illness and patient outcome. Family-focused education and treatment is aimed at ensuring that a family’s emotional environment is conducive to promoting recovery.
Individuals and their families who receive the coordinated array of services are able to undergo psychoeducation, to develop problem solving and communication skills and to prepare for and prevent relapse. Overall, Dr. Cather and Dr. Donovan advocate for family-focused treatment as a form of early intervention following first episode psychosis.