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What is psychosis?

Early intervention in psychosis

Our Specialist Teams for Early Psychosis (STEP) provide specialist care for people aged between 14 and 65 who are experiencing possible signs of psychosis.

It is important to get help early. There are treatments and support that can be offered to assist recovery.

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What is psychosis?

Psychosis is a mental health condition which usually affects people in  their teens or early adult years - although older people can experience it too.

When you have psychosis, you will usually experience very unusual and sometimes unpleasant thoughts and experiences. They may appear suddenly making you feel really frightened. They can also creep in so gradually that only people like your close family and friends notice you are behaving strangely.

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Getting help

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.

If you are concerned about yourself or someone you know it is important to talk to your doctor or someone that you trust. You can also contact your local STEP Team.

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Families and friends

As a friend or a relative you may feel very emotional and be unsure of what to do next. Nobody is to blame for psychosis and there is no reason to feel ashamed. This can happen to anyone.

It is not unusual for people to be reluctant to get help. You can speak to us if you are worried about a family member or loved one.

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