(2023, July) | Useful for Parent Centers, community organizations, and families supporting teens and youth with psychosis
This series of articles comes from the Child Mind Institute, with most articles available in English and Spanish. Organized as a newsletter, the stand-alone articles examine one of the most alarming symptoms of a mental health disorder in a teenager or young adult: psychosis, or losing touch with reality.
A young person who seemed fine is suddenly hearing voices or having disturbing, unrealistic thoughts. This often results in dangerous behavior that sends kids to the emergency room. When this happens it’s called a first psychotic episode, and it usually (but not always) signals the onset of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
There are early signs of developing psychosis that, if they’re caught, can help kids get support that can head off a full-blown crisis. And there is now specialized treatment after a first psychotic episode that enables patients with schizophrenia to get back to their lives and dramatically reduces the likelihood that they will have later episodes. Also discussed is: how cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help young people with psychosis; what it looks like when children develop schizophrenia; and what to expect if you find yourself needing to take your child to an emergency room.
Access the entire newsletter here. For your convenience we’ve also listed the individual articles (and links to their English and Spanish versions) below.