I had my first severe psychotic episode in early 2010. Two years prior to this my thoughts had began slowing down. Normally, thinking about doing an action and then moving the required body part happened simultaneously. Now there was a gap. I was a radiotherapy student and since operating X-ray machinery requires a smooth flow of decision making and intricate movement. These slow thoughts made me a hazard. Once I gave up my degree, I had nowhere to go during the day and would lie in bed. My general practitioner thought Iwas depressed and gave me antidepressants. We know now that I wasn’t and I had prodromal psychosis. Eventually the slow thoughts took over my mind and I began hearing voices that were frightening. 

You can read more about Stephanie's experiences of psychosis, recovery and Early Intervention here