Marks of disgrace, states of mind of confidence and misattributing side effects drove a gathering of youthful grown-ups encountering their first scene of psychosis to postpone looking for treatment, finds another Washington University in St. Louis.
These elements made a billow of vulnerability in which people encountering early psychosis and their relatives attempted to understand what was going on, how and when to look for help, and what’s in store from treatment.
Leopoldo J. Cabassa, associate professor at the Brown School said, “Understanding Pathways to Care of Individuals Entering a Specialized Early Intervention Service for First-Episode Psychosis.”
“Our findings indicate that efforts to streamline entry into early intervention services for psychosis should focus on reducing the uncertainty that affected individuals and their family members face when seeking care by improving their experiences with mental health services.”
Scientists enrolled a sample of 10 family members and 20 individuals who participated in a specialized early intervention service (EIS) for nonaffective psychosis. The participants need to answer some questionnaires to characterize participants’ lives during the onset of psychosis and explore their help-seeking events from the onset of psychosis to entry into the EIS. Data were analyzed by using grounded theory and a case study methodology.
Scientists found that the pathways to early specialized intervention services for young people and their family members experiencing first-episode psychosis.
Scientists noted, “Contacts with the health care system were critical junctures in the pathway to care that could reduce or increase uncertainty and expedite or delay EIS entry. Expediting entry into early intervention services can help mitigate the negative consequences of untreated psychosis among young adults and set the stage for recovery.”