Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsHANNEKE WIGMAN: As you just heard in William's story, psychosis usually does not happen out of the blue, but develops gradually. Sometimes it can begin with mild psychotic experiences that persist or that might frighten you. Most of the time, mild psychotic experiences are nothing to be afraid of, as they are often not weird or scary at all, and often only happen once or twice. So there's nothing to worry about if you might hear, see, or feel something that is a little bit special. Just remember that this happens a lot of the time and that it's certainly not weird.

Skip to 0 minutes and 40 secondsBut sometimes, such experiences can be frightening, for example, when you have them often, when they get worse, or when you're frightened by them. In this case, it might help to talk to someone you trust, for example, one of your parents, a sibling, a good friend, or perhaps a GP. Also, it might help if you try to relax a little bit more. And it's also important not to take any cannabis or other drugs when you might have such experiences. We know by now that we can treat psychosis well and that most people who have had an episode of psychosis recover well. The most important thing is to get good help on time.

Skip to 1 minute and 16 secondsIf treatment is started too late, a psychosis can shake up your life a lot. So if you suspect that you might have psychotic symptoms or if you are afraid that someone you know might have psychosis, it is important to get help as soon as you can. A good first step might be to talk to one of your parents, someone in school, or your GP.

What is the course of a psychosis?

How do psychoses develop? And when do you need to seek help? In this video Hanneke Wigman will answer these questions.

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Young People and Their Mental Health

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