Getting an Assessment
Telling someone you trust and getting assessed
Having early signs of psychosis (see above) does not mean actually having early psychosis. The next step after signs is getting an assessment, which means needing to tell someone what you are experiencing.
A good first step to getting assessed is to tell someone you trust what is going on. Talking out loud about your experiences for the first time can be challenging, but it releases you from the burden of having to deal with these experiences alone. The first person you tell could be a family member, friend, coworker, or neighbor. The important thing is to ask yourself…
· Who listens when I speak?
· Who is easy to talk to?
· Who has helped me before?
· Who stays calm when there is a problem?
Once you have told someone what is going on, ask them to help you connect with an expert who can talk to you in more detail. This could be with your regular doctor, a counselor, a social worker, a psychologist or a psychiatrist.
Important note: Keep in mind that when you talk to a professional, everything you say is confidential and cannot get back to your family, school or employer unless you give signed permission to allow it. The only exception to this rule is if you tell the professional during the interview that you were once a child victim of unreported abuse or are now seriously thinking of hurting yourself or someone else. In these cases professionals are actually required by law to share your identity and any information that will keep you and the community safe from harm, but that is the only time.