Helping someone who is experiencing first-time psychosis: Psychosis is a serious mental health condition characterized by a loss of contact with reality. This can be a temporary situation brought on by drugs or stress or it can be a result of an undiagnosed (untreated) medical condition such as schizophrenia. It can cause a range of symptoms, including hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there), delusions (believing things that are not true), disorganized thinking and behaviour, and abnormal movements or behaviors. If someone is experiencing psychosis for the first time, it is important to seek medical help as soon as possible.
If you think someone you know is experiencing psychosis for the first time, there are a few things you can do to help:
1. Activate EMS by calling 911. Please let the operator know the situation so that the first responders are aware of the situation. If someone is experiencing psychosis for the first time, it is important to seek medical help as soon as possible. A mental health professional can diagnose the condition and provide appropriate treatment.
2. Provide support and reassurance: It can be scary and confusing for someone to experience psychosis for the first time. It is important to provide support and reassurance, and to let them know that they are not alone and that help is available.
3. Remove any potential triggers: If you know of any potential triggers that may be contributing to the psychosis, such as drug use or extreme stress, it may be helpful to remove or minimize these triggers.
4. Help them follow their treatment plan: If the person is receiving treatment for psychosis, it is important to help them follow their treatment plan as directed by their healthcare provider. This may include taking medications as prescribed and attending therapy sessions.
It is important to remember that psychosis is a treatable condition, and with the right treatment, most people with psychosis can lead fulfilling and productive lives.