Explains what psychosis is, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.
These suggestions could help you cope with psychosis. You may choose to try them on their own or alongside treatment. Here are some ideas:
Peer support brings together people who've had similar experiences to support each other. You could access peer support online or try a support group in your local area.
You can find peer support groups for psychosis through:
It might be helpful to keep a diary of things that might have triggered a psychotic experience, such as:
You could do this in a notebook or use an app or online tool. See our useful contacts page for a list of apps you could explore.
Keeping a diary can help you:
Once you have a better understanding of your triggers, you can try to take steps to avoid or manage them. If you learn to recognise your warning signs, you can take action early to try and prevent your psychosis getting worse.
Family and friends may also be able to help you spot when you are becoming unwell, including noticing early symptoms before your experience psychosis.
"I painted regularly - something I hadn't done for years but felt inspired to do."
Looking after your physical health can make a difference to how you feel emotionally. For example, it can help to:
"I think a routine of structure, quiet and an unpressurised environment, combined with medication, was ultimately the key to my recovery."
During a crisis you may not be able to tell people what helps you. When you are feeling well it can be a good idea to talk to someone you trust about what you would like to happen (or not to happen) when you are in crisis.
It might help to create a crisis plan. See our page on crisis plans for more information.
This information was published in January 2020. We will revise it in 2023.
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