Did you know?
Suffering from a psychotic disorder does not mean that you are "crazy", and even less violent or dangerous! These illnesses sometimes lead you to have strange behaviours, but with the appropriate treatment and care adapted to your needs, the symptoms are strongly reduced or even disappear. This is why it is important to follow your treatment.
Some people are more likely than others to develop a psychotic disorder (genetic predisposition, environmental factors, etc.). And certain psychoactive substances can trigger psychosis in the brain. This is why, during adolescence, some young people develop psychotic symptoms following cannabis use, while others do not.
What shoud I do?
It is very important to have regular medical check-up when suffering from a psychotic disorder. Choosing a psychiatrist you feel comfortable and confident with because they will be your long-term support. They will help you find the medication that suits you best and will help you go through more difficult times.
In psychotic disorders, treatments are often proposed, called antipsychotics. They will allow to rectify the brain's perception errors in order to correct the symptoms in a lasting way, and thus prevent them from harming the person's life project or activities.
Find out more
- The TIPP App available on the AppStore and Android.
- TED Talks : "Recovery in schizophrenia: The value of lived experience" by Andrew Dugmore.
- The HSE website with tips on living with schizophrenia
- St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services website