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Understanding what Psychosis is


Thursday, September 25th, 2008 Understanding what Psychosis is

Forget the ignorance, fear, What is psychosis?

Psychosis is a psychiatric term used to describe experiences or beliefs you may have that are not shared with other people. These can take the form of hallucinations or delusions in which you might be unable to distinguish between your own intense thoughts and reality. Your thoughts might jump around and you may find it difficult expressing yourself in a way that others can understand. You may have little insight into the condition, and not recognise that you are ill. If you have psychotic experiences it may lead to a doctor diagnosing a mental illness such as schizophrenia or manic depression.

Recognise the symptoms ie hallucinations; hearing, seeing or smelling things that others don’t experience. The most common form of hallucination that people have is hearing voices in their head, but you could taste or smell things that other people can’t, or have physical sensations with no obvious cause. These experiences can be very distressing, particularly if the voices in your head are saying unpleasant things or encouraging you to do things you don’t want to.

Furthermore you may experience delusions; for example that you are rich. You could believe that other people are controlling your mind or controlling you behaviour. You could feel paranoid, powerless and out of control of your own behaviour.

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