Dr Alex recognised the symptoms of a psychosis and encouraged Jenny to contact their local mental health service. Michael spent a couple of weeks in the local inpatient unit. This is part of the hospital for people who are unwell because of their mental illness. While mental health services aim for the least restrictive environment to care for young people sometimes a short time in hospital is required when young people are very unwell or their supports are overwhelmed. When Michael was discharged he was followed up by the Early Psychosis Service.
The Early Psychosis Workers helped Michael’s family and Susie to make sense of what has been happening. Understanding about psychosis meant they could explain a lot of Michael’s out of character behaviour. With support they were able to support Michael and this was hugely beneficial to his recovery. It did mean that they had to change their expectations of Michael for a while. As carers of someone experiencing psychosis it was important that they looked after themselves and receive help as it takes plenty of energy and strength to assist a young person on their journey of recovery.
Most people will recover from a first episode psychosis but it takes time. Recovery is not always a smooth process, there is likely to be some ups and downs on the way. Michael’s recovery was assisted by the fact he had a strong network of friends and family. However with so much attention directed at Michael it was very easy for his younger sister Amy to feel ignored.