Often there is a long delay before treatment begins for the first episode. The longer the illness is left untreated the greater the disruption to the person’s family, friends, studies, and work.
The way that individuals feel about themselves can be adversely affected particularly if treatment is prolonged. Other problems may occur or intensify, such as unemployment, depression, substance misuse. Breaking the law and self-injury may occur or intensify. In addition, delays in treatment may lead to slower and less complete recovery.
If psychosis is detected and treated early, many problems can be prevented.