Treatments for psychosis

If you’re diagnosed with psychosis, you should be referred to a specialist team first. They’ll work with you to plan the best course of treatment tailored to your life.

Symptoms of psychosis may never disappear altogether, the right treatment and support might help you manage them.


Most people with psychosis will be offered antipsychotic drugs. You may also be offered antidepressants or drugs to help with the side effects of the antipsychotics. Common drugs for psychosis include:

  • Olanazpine
  • Repiridone
  • Clozapine

When you start taking antipsychotic medication, your Doctor should give you a physical health check, including weight, blood pressure and other blood tests, and they should repeat these checks regularly.

It’s important to review your medication regularly with your doctor and tell them if you aren’t happy with how it’s working.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

CBT is a talking therapy which aims to improve your understanding of experiences and any upsetting and worrying thoughts and beliefs.

CBT doesn’t get rid of the symptoms but it may empower you to cope with them better and feel less distressed.

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