Psychosis is most likely to occur in young adults and is quite common. About three in every 100 people will experience a psychotic episode - which makes it more common than diabetes in young people. Most make a full recovery from the experience.
Early psychosis can be difficult to identify. Symptoms can be vague at times and everyone’s experience is different.
Many life events can bring about stress, such as relationship changes or work / college pressures. These can lead to confusing emotions and experiences:
You may have tried to ignore these experiences or tried to make sense of them.
Street drugs and alcohol often make these experiences worse.
Having it checked out early generally means a better outlook for the individual with support and understanding for themselves and those close to them.
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 to be reluctant to get help.