Continued cannabis use in people with a first-episode psychosis – why checking on their prescribed medication use actually needs to be addressed.
By Dr. Minal Mistry, Psychiatrist
First episode psychosis refers to the first time that a person may experience psychotic symptoms or a psychotic episode. Psychotic symptoms include hallucinations, delusions and disorganized thinking which can be very distressing, and leave the person confused, distressed and frightened. Early Intervention Psychosis teams, within the mental health services, will usually encounter young people suffering a first-episode psychosis, and are adept at helping them. However, even with the specialist help, risk of these people becoming unwell is becoming too much of a frequent reality.
First-episode psychosis relapse.
There is a potentially high risk of people with a first-episode psychosis becoming unwell again i.e. relapsing. Relapse has obvious implications for the person with the psychotic illness and their families. If doctors can identify who is at risk of relapsing, then there is a chance that we can prevent the chances of that person relapsing. With this in mind, there are factors we already know that are worth looking at in those with a first-episode psychosis, who are usually our young people:
Research up to now?
Research already showed a possible relationship between these two factors i.e. CCU increased the risk of MNA but it has remained unclear about the mechanism:
The Lancet Psychiatry Study!
This study was impressive:
So, what is the significance of this?
The implications of this latest British research are:
Cite this article as-
Minal Mistry (2017). Continued cannabis use in people with a first-episode psychosis – why checking on their prescribed medication use actually needs to be addressed. The Beautiful Space-A Journal of Mind, Art and Poetry. September 2017: TBSB123
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