Clinical Psychologist Research Involvement

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My name is Katie and I am a third year trainee clinical psychologist. For my research thesis I am interested in talking to people who have supported or cared for a parent with psychosis during their childhood. Psychosis is a mental health condition which causes people to perceive or interpret things differently to others around them. It may seem like they have lost touch with reality, and they may experience hallucinations and delusions. Psychosis is linked to a number of mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression.

Anyone aged between 18 and 45 years, who has supported or cared for a parent with a psychosis related difficulty in their childhood can participate. 

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(Study approved by the Psychology Ethics Committee at the University of Hertfordshire (Protocol number LMS/PG/UH/00402)


World Mental Health Day 2014: Schizophrenia

This year's World Mental Health Day - which takes place on 10 October - shines a light on schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is a diagnosis given to some people who have severely disrupted beliefs and experiences. 

Schizophrenia: The Facts

Schizophrenia: The Facts

During an episode of schizophrenia, a person's understanding and interpretation of the outside world is disrupted - they may:

  • lose touch with reality
  • see or hear things that are not there
  • hold irrational or unfounded beliefs
  • appear to act strangely because they are responding to these delusions and hallucinations.

An episode of schizophrenia can last for several weeks and can be very frightening. About one in 100 people will have one episode of schizophrenia, and two thirds of these will go on to have further episodes. Schizophrenia usually starts in the late teens or early 20s, but can also affect older people for the first time.

The causes are unknown but episodes of schizophrenia appear to be associated with changes in some brain chemicals. Stressful experiences and some recreational drugs can also trigger an episode in vulnerable people.

At least 26 million people are living with schizophrenia worldwide according to the World Health Organization, and many more are indirectly affected by it.

Learn more about schizophrenia

Read the World Federation for Mental Health's Living with Schizophrenia report or find our more about our own policy on schizophrenia and what we want to change

Learn more about schizophrenia and find out about delusionsparanoiahearing voicespsychosis and hallucinations or download our special World Mental Health Day publication - Schizophrenia: The Facts.

Read some stories about life with schizophrenia from BarryNatalieAlbert and David.