Drugs might not always be needed for first-episode psychosis: study

Victorian research shows that some youth with low-risk psychosis might improve with psychosocial intervention only

Some teenagers with low-risk first-episode psychosis might not need to take medication to reduce symptoms and improve functioning, Australian researchers say.

In a randomised controlled trial that the authors say challenges conventional wisdom on the need for initial anti-psychotic drug therapy, a specific group of patients improved with psychosocial intervention only.

Researchers from the Melbourne youth mental health centre Orygen compared two groups of patients aged 15-25 who presented to their specialist clinic