Types of psychosis
Psychosis is often a symptom of another underlying psychiatric problem. It can be caused by mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or severe depression.
Psychosis, where you experience an altered sense of reality, is treatable, but its causes are a mystery to researchers.
Diagnosis of psychosis
The first step in diagnosing psychosis is to see a doctor or mental health team at a hospital. Psychosis is treatable, so it’s important to seek help.
Symptoms of psychosis
Someone affected by psychosis may experience symptoms such as confusion, delusions, hallucinations or suicidal thoughts.
Causes of psychosis
While no one knows exactly what causes psychosis, it could be due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Drug abuse can also be a trigger.
Treatment for psychosis
Psychosis is treatable. Mental health professionals, along with medication and family support, can best help you manage symptoms and aid recovery.
Psychosis – Dolly's story
Being diagnosed with psychosis can be both emotionally and practically challenging. Listening to others who have experienced similar situations is often re-assuring and can be helpful for you, your loved ones or when preparing questions for your doctor or a specialist.
Antipsychotic medications are medicines that can help ease the symptoms of psychosis. Find out more about antipsychotics.
Diagnosis of schizophrenia
If you have unusual thoughts, perceptions or behaviours that sound like schizophrenia, a doctor can diagnose your symptoms and recommend treatment.
Hearing voices – Ron's story
Being diagnosed with a mental illness can be both emotionally and practically challenging.