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A re-emergence of any unusual experiences in a mild form, increased suspiciousness or any changes in how they feel, what they do or say, how they look after themselves or how they get on at college or work might be a sign that your friend or relative is becoming less well.

Generally, a re-emergence of psychosis symptoms is a late sign. Earlier warning signs may be harder to separate from ordinary variation in life, and it’s easy to get worried unnecessarily. After all, we all go through periods where we feel fed up, tired or when we struggle at school or work. Problems like this that last longer than a few weeks may be more significant. Too much worry and stress is not good for you or your relative/friend. If you’re worried about an early change in your friend or relative’s mental health, try talking to them. You could ask them if anything has changed for them recently that might be affecting them. You can also talk to their team. It is likely that your friend or relative and their team, will do some work around triggers and early warning signs for becoming less well. Ask if you can input to, and have feedback on this work. Your view is important as your relative or friend might not recognise early signs for themselves. Also, if you have more understanding about triggers and early warning signs you will be less worried and better able to support your friend or relative.     

The EYE Project is a research project supported by:

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Swandean, Arundel Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 3EP