From Delusions to Counseling: A Young Man's Journey to Recovery Thanks to New Treatment for Psychosis

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Now at age 23, Spencer has joined the new version of the program ETCH as a peer-to-peer counselor and said he’s “extremely proud” of himself for how far he’s come since the early days of his psychosis.

Adams said she hopes Spencer’s story and the program will help teens and young adults seek help early before they develop full-blown psychotic episode. In the study published today, researchers found the average time it took for a psychotic patient to get diagnosed was 72 weeks.

“People know what to look for,” Adams said of the local community after they reached out to different local organizations. “We have girlfriends call and parents call [if they’re worried]. We need to broaden our reach and get our centers up and running.”

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