The word psychosis is used to describe a group of conditions that affect the way a person thinks, feels and understands. A person may experience changes in mood and can often have unusual experiences like hearing and seeing things that are not there. Things seem real, but they are not. Thought processes can also be affected and the person may express unusual ideas or have difficulty maintaining conversations. It can be a very scary experience and often people avoid getting help in case they are told they are ‘mad.’ However if you do have psychosis it’s very important to get help as soon as possible. There is treatment that can help you and the sooner you get it the better it works.

If you are worried about your mental health you should talk to an adult you trust and arrange to visit your GP who will usually provide some treatment straight away, or refer you on to a specialist or both.

Remember if the person you first speak to does not help or does not believe you then speak to someone else.

More information can be found on the Early Intervention Psychosis Service on this website

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