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What support is available?

Here at CAMHS we can support you when experiencing symptoms relating to psychosis.

It is very important to get help as soon as possible so that we can help you to stay in school or work, keep socialising and doing the things you want to do.

There are lots of things we can do to help you to manage your experiences such as working with your family and friends, talking to a therapist about your experiences, keeping fit and healthy, finding out if medication will help and getting you the right support at school or where you work.

You may be supported by CAMHS or an Early Intervention Service or a combination or the two – see below for more information.

Get in touch

If you would like to get in contact with CAMHS about any concerns or questions, contact our single point of access service on 01865 901951

All younger children can be referred by their general practitioner (GP).

Early Intervention Services

Early Intervention Services (EIS) provide this early support for people aged between 14-65 in both Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

You can find out more about the Early Intervention Services here.

Who can we help?

We always work with the child or young person as our first priority, but we also offer support to their family or people close to them, or other professionals who know the young person.

Treatments

CAMHS can offer medication and therapy to treat psychosis.

If you have any questions about your care at CAMHS we are here to help, you can ask any questions you have at your appointments, alternatively, you can ask your Buddy anything about your treatment!

Am I OK?

Major life events can be positive and negative and can be unpleasant, frightening and confusing. Check out this helpful resource to look at signs of a problem in more detail…

 

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The focus of EIS is on first episode psychosis, so consequently they deal with more complex mental illnesses such as bipolar and schizophrenia, which have psychosis as a prevalent symptom.

The service treats people from all walks of life, because of the wide age range they target and are thus unbiased to the cause of your illness, whether this be natural/biological or environmental, e.g. stress or substance abuse.

Due to the specific aspect of mental illness the service specialises in, GPs are unable to simply refer their clients. Instead the process is more complex, with the individual having to go through assessment by the EIS team to ensure their expertise are needed in the circumstance.

Although referral to any mental health service can be intimidating, being assessed by one you have no knowledge of can be even scarier.

Despite there being little information of the way EIS works on the internet, this is not because they are in any way undertrained or second best to the CAMHS service. It is simply because their service is a lot more precise so they have to carefully select those individuals who need specialised help to ensure they are not overstretched and can give you the care you need.

Treatment works in exactly the same way as CAMHS, offering support from psychologists, social workers, care coordinators and support workers – the only difference being each of these individuals is especially trained in psychosis treatment.

Because the service treats both adults and adolescents, the service is unable to offer support groups for their users, as individuals of such a variety of ages are unable to interact for safety reasons. It can therefore be hard to not feel alone in your condition, especially when it is hard enough to put irrational thoughts into words.

However, EIS does their absolute best to match you with team members you can relate to, to ensure you don’t feel isolated on your journey to recovery.

Last updated: 7 June, 2018