What Are Psychotic Disorders?
In this hi-lo non-fiction book written for teens and grown-ups, you can learn about psychosis, how it affects everyday life, and treatment options that can help people with this condition lead more productive lives. It is one of five books in the Understanding Disorders series.
Grades: 6 and up. Reading Level: 4
Hi-lo non-fiction. 80 pages. Includes images and diagrams. For grades 6 and up. Reading Level: 4-4. Lexile level: 660. Library binding or eBook.
August 2022, BrightPoint Press. ISBN: 978-1-6782-0452-5 (hardcover).
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Resources From My What Are Psychotic Disorders? Research
Experiencing psychosis can be very scary, confusing and isolating. You are not alone and I want to highlight just a few resources that you might find helpful. Send me a note if you have another resource to recommend that I consider adding.
- As of July, calling 988 should be an option in all U.S. states instead of calling 911 if you are having a mental health crisis
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255
- Or use the crisis text line: Text HOME to 741741 to reach a volunteer crisis counselor
- Online Screening Tool for Psychosis – offered by Mental Health America to see if you might need to seek professional help
- Audio Clip #1 and Audio Clip #2 – what it can be like to hear voices (auditory hallucinations)
- Anderson Cooper Tries a Schizophrenia Simulator – CNN
- Cecelia McGough: I Am Not a Monster – 2017 Tedx Talk
- Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness – PBS 2022 Documentary Series
- Michelle Hammer: Don’t Be Paranoid. You Look Great – 2018 speech at This Is My Brave NYC event
- Mysteries of Mental Illness – 2021 PBS Series
- Rochelle Caplan – Childhood Schizophrenia: What are the First Signs?
- Virtual Reality – an emerging treatment method for psychosis (and an article with video about how it’s also being used to help mental health professionals walk in the shoes of their patients)
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- Facts for Families covering multiple conditions
- Child psychiatrist finder tool
- List of books, stories and memoirs about living with mental illness (includes some children’s books)
- Talk tool suggests language to use in explaining a condition to different roles
- Teen blog and video stories that provide a window into experiences and treatment approaches
- Fact sheets covering multiple conditions
- List of children’s books about mental health
- A tip sheet for older kids on how to talk about their mental health.
- In-person and virtual hubs to support people with their mental health recovery
- Located in a growing number of global communities
- Basics about mental health
- What to look for
- Tips for different roles
- Getting help
- National program teaching how to respond to signs of mental illness and substance use
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- Warning signs, descriptions of different conditions
- Educational offerings such as NAMI Basics for adults caring for youth and a Family-to-Family class
- Helpline and local chapters
- Founded by Cecelia McGough (see video link above)
- College chapters help students connect with others experiencing psychosis
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