Who and When to Tell
Decide who to tell and when
Everyone has to come to their own decision about whom to tell, what to tell and how much to tell. Here is what other teens decided about talking to their close friends about their psychosis:
"At first, I felt like my friends deserved some kind of explanation about why I was staying home from school, but my mother convinced me to wait until I was ready to go back. I did and it worked out better. It was easier to tell my closest friends when they could see that I was feeling better."
"The one thing about telling others is that it is up to me to tell people or not. I use to feel like I had to tell everyone. I do not feel that way anymore. Now I only tell on a ‘need-to-know’ basis. If there is any doubt about it, I usually keep it private."
"It is just my opinion, but I think it is better not to tell your friends until you know your symptoms good enough to describe them to people. Now that I understand my symptoms and where they come from, I can help others understand better."
"It is too bad, but it is true. People get all kinds of ideas about people that have what I have. When I tell them I have it, I also remind them that a lot of people have it. I also have to tell them that it is a brain illness and that it does not make me dangerous. I wish people would check their facts!"