It is important that you seek help early. The earlier you are treated for psychosis, the quicker you can get back to your normal life.
Firstly, you could talk to your family, school nurse or GP. They may get you specialist help from a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) team or an Early Intervention Team or Service (EIS) - a specialist team for young people with psychosis.
With psychosis, you often don’t realise that you are unwell, which means the people around you might notice it first. If you become very unwell, you could need some time in hospital until your condition stabilises.
What is the treatment for psychosis?
Medications called ‘antipsychotics’ are an important part of treatment. They may need to be taken for a long time in order to stay well. As with medication of any kind, there can be side-effects; the doctor you see will be able to advise you on these and what can be done to help.
If the psychosis is related to drug use or an underlying physical illness, you may need specific help and treatment to manage this.
Other forms of treatment are also important. You and your family will need help to understand more about your illness, how to manage it, and how to help prevent it coming back. You may need support to rebuild your confidence to continue with school, college or work.
Talking treatments can be helpful as well, but need to be in addition to medication.