Psychosis is characterized as disruptions to a person’s thoughts and perceptions that make it difficult for them to recognize what is real and what is not. Disruptions are often experienced as seeing, hearing, and believing things that are not real or having strange, persistent thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. Psychosis is a symptom, not an illness.
Several factors that can contribute to psychosis:
It's important to get help quickly since early diagnosis provides the results for treatment by slowing, stopping and possibly reversing the effects of psychosis. Early warning signs include the following:
Psychosis includes a range of symptoms but typically involves one of these two major experiences:
Hallucinations are seeing, hearing or feeling things that aren’t there, such as the following:
Delusions are strong beliefs that are not consistent with the person’s culture, are unlikely to be true and may seem irrational to others, such as the following:
People experiencing psychosis may behave strangely, they may hear voices, or see things that don’t exist. They may be frightened, confused or withdrawn. It is more likely these people will harm themselves than someone else.
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