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Questions to ask about psychosis and schizophrenia

These questions may help you discuss your condition or the treatments you have been offered with your healthcare team.

Finding out what's wrong

  • Why am I being offered an assessment?

  • What could have caused my symptoms?

  • Who can I contact if I have a crisis or if my symptoms get worse?

  • Are there any support organisations in my local area?

  • Can you provide any information for my family or carers?

First episode of psychosis

  • Where can I have treatment?

  • Can I choose to stay in hospital for treatment?

  • What happens if I decide not to have antipsychotic medication?

  • Can I write down something about what treatment I would like?


  • How will the treatment help me? What effect will it have on my symptoms and everyday life? What sort of improvements might I expect?

  • How long will it take to have an effect?

  • Are there any risks associated with this treatment?

  • What are my options for treatments other than the recommended treatment?

  • Are there any leaflets about the treatment(s) that I can have?

  • How long will psychological treatments last?

  • How long will I have to take medication?

  • Might I have problems when I stop taking the medication?

  • Are there any serious side effects associated with this medication that are likely to affect me?

  • What should I do if I get any side effects? (For example, should I call my GP, or go to the accident and emergency department at a hospital?)

  • Are there any long-term effects of taking this medication?

Questions for family members and carers to ask

  • Can you give me some information about psychosis or schizophrenia, and the treatments for it?

  • Is there anything in particular that I can do to support my family member?

  • Can you give me any information about specialist support for families and carers, such as helplines?

  • Who can I contact for help during a crisis?

  • What help and support is available to me?

  • Can I have a carer's assessment? What does it involve?

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