Wednesday 25 April 2018

Three in 100 people will suffer psychotic illness

Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Schizophrenia and other psychoses affect three in 100 people in Ireland, a new report revealed yesterday.

The conditions cause considerable distress to individuals, their families, as well as a huge economic cost to the State.

The report was compiled by DETECT (Dublin and East Treatment and Early Care Team), Ireland's first early intervention service for those experiencing illnesses that feature psychosis, such as schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder. It pointed out that people with psychosis have complex needs and require a comprehensive recovery service.

Nearly four in 10 of those diagnosed with psychosis also have substance misuse problems, usually alcohol or cannabis or both.

Niall Turner, project co-ordinator and Occupational Therapy manager at DETECT said: "There are many benefits to early intervention. Treating psychosis early can prevent admission to hospital.

"Most importantly for the individual, access to an early intervention service provides better recovery outcomes. It is very encouraging that this report has found that one year after treatment, 60pc of individuals who have experienced psychotic symptoms are working and participating fully in society."

The report revealed that eight in 10 GPs find the service extremely or very useful and over a third of those presenting to the service have been treated successfully in the community.

Irish Independent

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