A useful info-graphic explaining psychosis, from Headspace in Australia
What is psychosis?
Psychosis impacts on the way a person understands their reality, such as seeing, hearing or believing things that others don’t. When people experience these symptoms, mental health professionals say they are having a psychotic episode. Psychotic episodes can vary in length, they can last for a few days, can continue indefinitely until they are treated or they can come and go.
A first episode of psychosis often happens in late adolescence or young adulthood. It can be very frightening but it’s important to remember that psychosis can be treated. It’s best to get advice and treatment early, as soon as people start experiencing symptoms.
What causes psychosis?
There is no one cause of psychosis. It can be a symptom of a serious mental health problems such as biploar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorder or severe depression. It can also be triggered by using recreational drugs, a side effect of some prescription medications, or from experiencing trauma, abuse, extreme stress or lack of sleep. Sometimes psychosis runs in families and is thought to have a genetic link.