Lessons learned and key take-home points:
- We need to find ways for those who develop psychosis for the first time to be assessed earlier.
- When treatment is needed for first-episode psychosis, the earlier the better.
- Our usual interventions generally fall far short of what can help the most.
- The choice of medication and the dosage both matter. Low dose risperidone is a reasonable first choice.
- Comprehensive psychosocial treatments are of tremendous value if they are available.