What is psychosis?
Psychosis is a mental health disorder which can develop over time, but can also come on suddenly. Psychosis is complex, and early signs can vary from person to person. A person’s ability to function on a day-to-day basis may be noticeably affected in many areas of daily life – sleep, speech, diet, concentration, interests and relationships. However, small changes can also creep up before the more obvious symptoms of psychosis have developed.
- Psychosis is a medical condition that affects the brain
- The first major instance of psychosis usually occurs in your late teens or early adult life
- Psychosis affects males and females equally
- Approximately 3% of all people experience an episode of psychosis in their lifetime
- Psychosis has no boundaries and can occur across cultures and different social/economic levels
- Using drugs can increase the risk of psychosis
- Young people who have a relative with psychosis or schizophrenia have a slightly increased risk
- The experience of psychosis varies greatly from person to person, meaning that people experiencing psychosis can have different symptoms
- Psychosis is treatable and recovery is expected