Psychosis is more common than you think—even in childrenby Lucy Maddox / August 22, 2012 / Leave a comment
Published in September 2012 issue of Prospect Magazine
In tests, 40 per cent of adults and over half of children report “unusual” perceptions or ideas
When I first met Helen she didn’t want to talk to me, or anyone else. She stayed in her room in the ward, sitting alone with her hood up, emerging only for mealtimes. Only after several attempts did she agree to come out for a short walk in the hospital grounds. It took many more walks before she began to talk about her experiences.
Helen was being listened to, continually, by the judges from a TV talent show. Anything she said could be heard by all of them. Sometimes they responded to what they heard by talking to her through the television. No one else could tell they were speaking directly to her, a 13-year-old girl from Edgware, but she knew. It made her feel good. It made her feel special. It also got in the way of things she was supposed to be doing, like school. Helen hadn’t been to school in nearly a year.