What is Psychosis?

Psychosis is a condition that can affect any one of us. Currently two or three people in every hundred experience this condition.

But what exactly is it?

What is Psychosis?

Psychosis is the umbrella term for a group of mental health conditions that affect a person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Psychosis affects the way a person makes sense of the world making it difficult to tell what is real and what is not. The terms “Early Psychosis” or “First Episode Psychosis” mean that an individual is experiencing Psychosis for the first time.

Psychosis can affect anybody but is most likely to affect young people between the ages of 14 and 64. About two in every hundred people are affected by Psychosis making it about as common as diabetes. Psychosis can be treated and treatment is most effective if started early. Episodes can vary in length but with proper treatment most people make a full recovery.

Being able to treat Psychosis early is very important, since it usually starts during a very critical stage of a young person’s life. Adolescents and young adults are just starting to develop their own identity, form lasting relationships and make serious plans for their careers and future. A successful recovery leads to a healthy, productive future.

Are people with Psychosis dangerous?

While strong delusions and hallucinations may cause a person to react unpredictably or even aggressively, individuals with Psychosis are rarely violent and, in fact, they are at much greater risk of causing harm to themselves than to others.