Psychosis

Psychosis describes an experience where a person has trouble interpreting reality. The person may have unusual beliefs or can see and hear things that other people can’t [40012]. This can result in unpredictable changes in thinking, emotions, and behaviour. Psychosis can be frightening to the person going through it.

If a person is experiencing psychosis it is important to get professional help early. Psychosis can affect every aspect of a person’s life – so getting help early is essential to increase the chance of a quicker, more complete recovery [40012].

Psychosis can be part of a number of illnesses such as:

  • brief psychotic disorder
  • drug induced psychosis
  • bipolar disorder
  • major depression
  • delusional disorder
  • schizophrenia.

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