What does recovery look like?

With medication, some people find that their psychotic symptoms may subside quickly, but for others this process may take months. Some people who experience psychosis recover well and never experience another episode. Others will continue to have further episodes. Some experience persistent symptoms and need on-going support to live independently or to get back to work or study.

Everyone is different. Sometimes what works for one person does not work for another. For any particular person, it is best to talk to a health care professional who is knowledgeable about psychosis and who is familiar with that person’s situation.

Recovery varies from person to person and is affected by many factors, including:

  • the duration of untreated psychosis
  • the type of psychosis
  • the person’s adherence to treatment
  • their available supports
  • whether other problems like substance abuse are present