People experiencing psychotic symptoms often have mixed feelings about treatment. Some reasons include:
- believing (or hoping) that nothing is wrong
- hoping the symptoms will go away without treatment
- worries about treatment
- worries about what others think
- a misunderstanding of psychosis
Remember—psychosis is treatable. People who have experienced a psychotic episode can go on to live independent, productive lives. For some people, their psychotic symptoms quickly improve and they return to their life as usual. Others take several weeks or even months to recover. As with any major illness, a person who has experienced psychosis may want to spend some time recovering and use a variety of treatment options.
Although many people fear long-term hospitalization, treatment typically involves living at home while maintaining regular appointments at a mental health clinic or with an independent practitioner.