It can be very upsetting to realise that someone close to you is experiencing psychosis. You may feel shocked, confused, angry or guilty.  

This is normal. There is no right or wrong way to feel.

Friends and family can help by encouraging the person to seek treatment and support from mental health services. A good place to start is often the GP. Sometimes people with psychosis do not think they are unwell.

If you are worried you may have to go to the GP yourself to explain your concerns. Alternatively you could contact your local EIP service for advice and information (see section on who can help).

If you are with someone and they are behaving strangely this may be due to psychotic symptoms which may make you feel frightened or confused. It is important to remember they are still the same person and may themselves be quite distressed by what they are experiencing, so the best thing you can do is be yourself, remain calm and supportive.

When a person has psychotic symptoms they may have strange beliefs and ideas which are fixed. Don’t get involved in long disagreements but listen with interest to gain an understanding of how they see things.

A safe comforting environment can be very reassuring for the person so it may be helpful to avoid taking them to stressful places. Above all it is important to take care of yourself, as caring for someone else can be very stressful and tiring.

Talking with other people, family friends and health professionals will help you deal with your feelings. It is most important that you remain positive that the person will recover, even if it takes some time.

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