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Understanding Psychosis

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  1. An Introduction to Psychotic Disorders
    What is Psychosis?
  2. Introduction to Psychosis and Treatment Options
  3. The Signs & Symptoms of Psychosis
    The Signs & Symptoms of Psychosis
  4. Delusions
    3 Topics
  5. Hallucinations
    1 Topic
  6. Reacting to Psychotic Experiences
  7. The Causes of Psychosis
    Exploring the Causes of Psychosis
  8. Diagnosing Psychotic Disorders
    The Diagnosis of Schizophrenia
  9. The Diagnosis of Schizoaffective Disorder
    5 Topics
  10. Treatment for Psychosis
    Treatment Available for Psychosis
    5 Topics
  11. What Are Antipsychotic Drugs?
    8 Topics
  12. The Side Effects of Antipsychotics
    12 Topics
  13. Mental Health Services
    Hospital Admission and Crisis Services
  14. Community Care and Advocacy for Psychosis
  15. Living with Psychosis
    Overcoming Psychotic Experiences
  16. How Can I Help Myself During a Psychotic Episode?
  17. What Can Family & Friends Do to Help?
  18. Challenging Stereotypes and Stigma
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Hospital Admission

If you become very distressed during a psychotic episode, you may be admitted to a hospital, either as a voluntary patient or as an involuntary patient under the terms of the Mental Health Act 1983. This gives medical staff a chance to assess your needs and decide how to help. A psychiatric ward can be a distressing environment with little to occupy you and little privacy, but meeting other patients with similar problems, in similar circumstances, can also be very helpful and comforting.

Crisis Services

Crisis services exist in some areas as an alternative to going to the hospital. They may offer accommodation or support in your own home.

Community Care

Everyone who has been referred to psychiatric services in England should have their needs assessed through the Care Programme Approach. You should be allocated a named care coordinator and have a written care plan, which should be regularly reviewed. A similar system applies in Wales.


Medical professionals in contact with you while you are in a crisis may not take what you have to say seriously. They may say you lack insight into your condition, without appreciating that perhaps they do too. It can be very helpful to have the services of an advocate to help put forward your views and to negotiate treatment and care that you can accept.

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