What if I am at risk?

Experiencing these signs and symptoms does not mean that a psychotic disorder is certain to develop.  Only about 30% of people who are identified as being at risk for psychosis go on to develop a psychotic disorder.  In other words, about 70% of participants identified as being at risk either do not progress to full psychosis or experience an improvement in symptoms.  It is very important to get help as early as possible so that the symptoms can be evaluated and addressed before they intensify.

If such experiences do intensify, the COPE clinic supports every person it treats and will offer state-of-the art treatment as the clinical situation requires.  Importantly, even if a person has more intense symptoms and progresses to what would be considered full psychosis, recovery is most easily accomplished at the earliest stage of developing problems.  We are proud of the clinical outcomes of many individuals who have been a part of our clinic who have, despite developing full psychosis for a time, been able to recover with a combination of counseling and medication treatment and resume many of their previous activities at work or school, and with friends and family.

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