Latrobe Regional Hospital

Gippsland Early Psychosis Service

Psychosis is a term used to describe a mental state in which a person experiences a distortion or loss of contact with reality.

They may experience a change in their thinking and perception which can also cause changes in mood and behaviour.

Psychosis is extremely frightening to the sufferer and everyone around them.

A young person may start to withdraw from their family, friends and workmates, sleep or eat poorly and become preoccupied with a particular theme such as death, politics or religion. They may uncharacteristically neglect household, personal or parental responsibilities, personal hygiene or appearance.

Their performance at school or work may deteriorate and they may have difficulty concentrating, following conversations or remembering things.

If psychosis is not identified and treated early, there is an increased risk of subsequent problems such as disruptions to relationships, an increased likelihood of substance abuse, increased risk of depression and suicide and loss of self esteem and identity.

Early detection and appropriate treatment offer the best chance for a full recovery.

Gippsland Early Psychosis Service provides assistance and support for young people aged between 16-25 experiencing psychosis for the first time.

It assists with individual support and therapy to work towards recovery and organises and provides ongoing treatment with a psychiatrist and general practitioner. The service works with a young person and their family or carer to provide information and link them with agencies and program that can assist with factors like drug and alcohol problems, housing, education and finances.

Consultation, education and specialist advice is also available to mental health professionals, GPs and other service providers.


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