I’m glad to hear that these questions feel useful. These forms were developed with input from families going through a family member’s recovery. As some have mentioned, family members may not initiate a conversation about how they’ve been impacted, though it can be validating to offer these questions so they recognise others may have had similar challenges. We want families to be kind to themselves, and sometimes family members feel badly if they acknowledge that the experience is also difficult for them. Of course, as some mentioned, a seasoned clinician can use the questions as a jumping off point, wording it in the family’s language, or following up one comment with further exploratory questions.
The Assessing Knowledge of Psychosis is also helpful, in that it invites family members to get specific questions answered, and may prompt them to consider where they do and don’t feel they know enough to be supportive. For most people, exposure to psychosis before a family member is impacted is quite limited, and often what comes to mind can be so frightening. The high profile or TV versions of psychosis often do a big disservice to those with psychosis, erroneously associating psychosis with “psychopathy” or suggesting that those experiencing psychosis will also be aggressive, when research actually shows there’s more likelihood a person with psychosis will harm themselves than other people. As some mentioned, clearing up some of these areas of worry and confusion can be so welcome for families, and so helpful so we offer families the information they want and need.
Catch up with you in the next module – live assignments.