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First Episode Psychosis

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First Episode Psychosis programs serve people 15 to 40 years old with early signs of psychosis. Psychosis can be treated, and early treatment increases the chance of a successful recovery.

About psychosis

“Psychosis” describes conditions that affect the mind when there has been some loss of contact with reality. Psychosis can include hallucinations, paranoia, delusions, and disordered thoughts and speech, and can affect people from all walks of life.

  • Psychosis often begins when a person is in his or her late teens to mid-twenties.
  • Psychosis can be a symptom of a mental illness, such as schizophrenia, or result from the use of medications, alcohol or drugs.
  • Three out of 100 people will experience psychosis at some time in their lives, and about 100,000 adolescents and young adults in the US experience first episode psychosis each year.

Early treatment is critical

Reducing the time it takes for a person experiencing psychosis to get treatment is important because early treatment often means an increased likelihood of a successful recovery. Yet, studies have shown that it is common for a person to have psychotic symptoms for more than a year before receiving treatment.

How to find out more about services

In Minnesota, there are currently three First Episode of Psychosis programs:

  • Hennepin Healthcare (Hennepin County Medical Center)
  • University of Minnesota (M Health)
  • Human Development Center (HDC)

For questions on FEP

FEP Policy Lead
651-431-2225
DHS.FEP@state.mn.us

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