Recovery

With the help of my doctors, teachers at college and the determination of myself, I now have been well for twelve months and haven’t been in hospital. I have achieved my A-Levels despite being ill; I’ve managed to hold down a job, passed my driving test and have a place at Uni.

The pattern of recovery from psychosis varies a lot from person to person. Some people recover very quickly with very little intervention, while others may benefit from a lot of support over a longer period of time. The Early Intervention Team can offer you a service for up to 5 years, although not everyone needs that amount of time.

But like any major illness, you need to give yourself time to get better and not rush yourself too much. Imagine having a broken leg, you wouldn’t expect to run the London Marathon the following week!

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I am currently doing my NVQ level 3 in hairdressing and without the help of the team I don’t know where I would be today. I am no longer on tablets and I don’t hear voices.

KeyRecovery from the first episode usually takes a number of months. If symptoms remain or return, the recovery process may last longer; it is important to realise that occasional setbacks are a common part of the recovery process. Some people experience a difficult period lasting months or even years before effective management of their symptoms is achieved.

Fortunately you can do a lot to maximise your chances of recovery, by working closely with the Early Intervention Team, taking your medication correctly and getting involved in the interventions offered. If cannabis was a risk factor for the onset of your illness, abstaining from the drug will almost certainly assist your recovery.

Discharge from the service was mentioned about a year before I was due to be discharged, so it was well planned and thought of thoroughly.

Receiving a service from the Early Intervention Team is ultimately all about recovery. You don’t have to be fully better from your symptoms to make a start.

Recovery means different things to different people and is unique to you.

It is not necessarily about your symptoms going away or about coming off medication, it can be just as much about learning to manage your health effectively and independently, achieving your goals in life, developing a positive vision for the future, getting fitter, moving into your own accommodation, becoming more resourceful, or making new friendships.

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It was managed effectively when my relationships and connections with professionals had to come to an end as my recovery occurred. I was never left feeling pushed away and services were always there if I needed them. I was taught to walk alone again, which is invaluable.

Don’t take our word for it!

Many of our service users have told us that hearing other people’s experience of their illness and their recovery journey has made a big difference in helping them to move forward. The Early Intervention Team has worked with many people over the years who wanted to share their story, in the hope that it inspires you with hope and confidence for the future.

Latest Success brings together these different stories, creating a growing showcase of how others with psychosis have successfully recovered.

You may want to share your journey of recovery with other Early Intervention service users; why not speak to your care co-ordinator about this and they will help you in getting started.

Intervention explains more about the different ways that we can support you in your recovery.

Sometimes it’s the little things that can make all the difference. So, remember to keep a look out on our What’s New and Calendar Pages for regular tips, advice and activities.

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