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Psychosis is an illness in which the thoughts become extreme, disturbing, unpleasant and frightening, causing a person to behave very irrationally and lose touch with reality.  Psychosis is rare before older teenage years. Depending on the reason behind the psychosis it may be something which gradually worsens over time, due to physical illness or another on-going mental illness like Bi-Polar, or psychosis could be triggered suddenly by a very stressful event, or the use of illegal drugs. 

It is important to seek medical help from a doctor (GP) for a proper diagnosis.  If you are under 18 years old, the GP may refer you to the Children’s and Adolescents Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for counselling and therapy.

Urgent help may be necessary if you or somebody you know experiences a serious mental health crisis, such as extreme anxiety, panic attack, mania, hallucinations, extreme self-harm, suicidal behaviour.  In this situation you can call The Police or Ambulance services (999 / 101).  They may call The Crisis Team who will assess a patient to see if hospitalisation maybe necessary.

The Rethink Mental Health website offers a clear facts about Psychosis, what it is and who it can effect.  This information may help you if you are worried about yourself or someone you know who may need help with their mental health.

The Psychosis Intervention and Early Recovery (PIER) team support and treat young people, aged 14-35 years who are experiencing psychosis for the first time. The team is usually contacted through your GP or another professional involved in your health care, but if you need to you will be listened to and advised if you call the PIER contact number:  0116 22 55 600.

The Royal College of Psychiatry pinpoint the basic facts and symptoms about Psychosis in an information sheet for YOUNG PEOPLE.  There is a lot of reading here, but the sections give a clear picture of Psychosis and practical advice on how to get help with it. 

The Siblings Network for Brothers and Sisters is a support service for young people living with a brother or sister with a mental health illness. Lead by Rethink, young people can talk about and share and find more support to help them understand mental illness in a sibling.

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