Psychosis is a mental health problem that causes people to perceive or interpret things differently from those around them. This might involve hallucinations or delusions.
Someone who develops psychosis will have their own unique set of symptoms and experiences, according to their particular circumstances.
The causes of psychosis have three main classifications. They are psychosis caused by:
- mental (psychological) conditions
- general medical conditions
- substances, such as alcohol or drugs
You should visit your GP if you're experiencing psychotic episodes.
It's important to speak to your GP as soon as possible as the early treatment of psychosis usually has better long-term outcomes.
Treatment for psychosis involves a combination of antipsychotic medicines, psychological therapies, and social support.
Someone experiencing a psychotic episode may self-harm. Suicidal thoughts and an increased risk of suicide are also common.
Contact us in BSL
Our health information team can help you with any questions about psychosis. You can speak to them using BSL through the contactSCOTLAND-BSL service.
Find out how to use the contactSCOTLAND-BSL service