Key messages

Key messages

  • Early intervention improves outcomes in adults with psychosis and schizophrenia.

  • Antipsychotic drugs can have serious side effects and outcomes are better when the response to prescribed drugs is monitored.

  • Adults with psychosis or schizophrenia are more likely to be smokers, be obese and have type 2 diabetes. These factors contribute to a life expectancy in adults with psychosis or schizophrenia that is 15–20 years lower than for the general population. Regular monitoring of the physical health of adults with psychosis or schizophrenia and offering lifestyle‑based interventions are important to help address this inequality.


This page was last updated: 12 February 2015