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Posted on January 23, 2018 at 10:35 AM

What is Psychosis?

Psychosis is characterized as the disruptions to a person’s thoughts and perceptions that make it difficult for them to recognize what is real and what is not real. These disruptions can include seeing, hearing, and believing things that are not real and that have strange, persistent thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. Most people who experience this disorder say that it is frightening and confusing when going through this disorder. In the U.S., approximately 100,00 young people experience psychosis each year. As many as 3 in every 100 people will have an episode of psychosis at some point in their lives. First-episode psychosis refers to when a person first shows signs of beginning to lose contact with their reality. When this happens a quick action plan would be highly recommended to get that person to a doctor to receive the correct treatment so that it could possibly alter that person’s future in a better way.


Early Warning Signs Before Psychosis

• Large drop in grades or job performance

• Trouble thinking clearly or concentrating

• Suspiciousness or uneasiness with others

• Decline in self-care or personal hygiene

•Spending more time alone than usual

• Inappropriate emotions, no feelings at all

Signs of First-Episode Psychosis

• Hearing, tasting, seeing, or believing things others don’t

• Strong inappropriate emotions or none at all

• Withdrawing from friends and family

• Sudden decline in self-care

Psychosis Symptoms (2 major experiences)

• Hallucinations are seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there.

• Delusions are strong beliefs that are not consistent with the person’s culture, are unlikely to be true and may seem irrational to others.


• Genetics, trauma (death, war, sexual assault), substance use, physical illness or injury, mental health conditions

From: https://www.nami.org/earlypsychosis © 2018

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