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What should you do, and do not, when you are becoming psychotic, or already are? And what can other people do to help someone else in psychosis? Let’s go into a number of suggestions, tips and advice.

How can you help yourself?

Some general suggestions:

  • Stay in touch with the people around you, even when you would rather be alone.
  • Talk about your experiences with someone you trust. This could be a friend or relative, but also your doctor, counsellor or football coach.
  • Take good care of yourself: proper meals and sufficient sleep are important.
  • Try to prevent stress. Maybe you can discuss with your school counsellor or supervisor at work that you need to slow down for a while.
  • Be extra careful with drugs and alcohol. When you don’t feel well, they can make psychotic problems worse.
  • Ask for help!

What can people around you do?

People dealing with psychotic symptoms, and their family and friends, can find useful advice on MIND or NAMI.org


Logo Jim van Os

Prof. dr. Jim van OsChair Division Neuroscience, Utrecht University Medical Centre. He is also Visiting Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. Jim works at the interface of ‘hard’ brain science, health services research, art and subjective experiences of people with ‘lived experience’ in mental healthcare. 

Jim has been appearing on the Thomson-Reuter Web of Science list of ‘most influential scientific minds of our time’ since 2014. In 2014 he published his book ‘Beyond DSM-5‘, and in 2016 the book ‘Good Mental Health Care’. 

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