If you are concerned about a friend or family member who is showing signs of psychosis, it is important to seek help early.
Psychosis refers to a period of detachment from reality where a person may experience hallucinations, delusions or disorganised thoughts and behaviours. The causes of psychosis are complex and varied including genetics, early childhood development, adverse life experiences, drug use and other factors. It often develops in adolescence or early adulthood, and early intervention at this stage is important to later outcomes. Many individuals withdraw from others, making it difficult to determine what is going on.
With the right support and treatment, most people diagnosed with a psychotic illness will be able to lead a healthy and meaningful life.
Psychotic symptoms vary from person to person, and even from episode to episode. A person experiencing psychosis may experience or present with the following:
If you are concerned about a friend or family member that is showing signs of psychosis, it is important to seek help early on. Here are some tips on how to help:
It can be very difficult to know what to do and how to cope, but help is available. Below are some places to go for information and support. If life is in danger, please call 000.