Recognising Early Psychosis

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Early Psychosis refers to the first time that an individual experiences key psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and disorganised thoughts and speech. Increasingly, psychosis is being seen as part of a spectrum that leads outwards from 'normal' beliefs and anxieties about the world, rather than as the distinct and separate 'disease' that it had been previously positioned as. The first signs of psychosis can provide us with insight and clues into the root of the condition, and show evidence of this spectrum in play. An ability to notice, comprehensively assess, and work with the initial symptoms can significantly improve outcomes for the client. Hannah will share learnings from the research and case studies from her own experience to give a practical insight into how early psychosis can be managed effectively within the context of Hong Kong. She will also discuss the pioneering new research that uses Virtual Reality to understand the processes forming and maintaining psychotic symptoms, and then treating these experiences effectively.


Dr. Hannah Reidy read Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford and attained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University College London. She has worked with psychosis populations for almost a decade in the United Kingdom, within both research and clinical contexts. Hannah has worked for the NHS in acute inpatient settings, delivering CBTp and other interventions, skills groups on Psychiatric Intensive Care Units, and in outpatient Early Intervention teams with a younger client group. In the third sector, she has worked to support individuals with chronic psychosis, and run groups for early psychosis, encouraging individuals experiencing the condition to socialise and normalise their experiences amongst like-minded individuals, countering social withdrawal. Hannah has developed an intervention based on increasing levels of social capital for individuals experiencing psychosis, and used Virtual Reality to study the links between social isolation and persecutory delusions in individuals experiencing Early Psychosis.