What can I do?
If you’re worried about a friend or family member who may be experiencing psychosis, it’s really important that they seek help from their GP as soon as possible, who will be able to advise them on what to do.
Psychosis can be a very scary experience, but it can be successfully controlled through medication and other treatments; the earlier psychosis is treated, the quicker your loved one can recover. There are a number of psychological treatments that can be used to aid a person’s recovery; speaking to a GP will be helpful in explaining what they are and what the best course of treatment may be.
You can also show your support by:
- Offering to attend GP appointments.
- Researching psychosis so that you have a better understanding of the condition – see our other pages on psychosis for further information.
- Reminding your loved one that you are there for me, if and when they need you.
- Show patience and understanding – it can be a very frightening and lonely experience.
- Try not to judge or tell your loved one that their experience isn’t real – this can make the situation worse, as the experience is very real for them.