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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 facts

  • 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