Psychosis (BSL)

Psychosis introduction (

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.

Symptoms of psychosis (

Someone who develops psychosis will have their own unique set of symptoms and experiences, according to their particular circumstances.

Causes of psychosis (

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

Diagnosis of psychosis (

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 of psychosis (

Treatment for psychosis involves a combination of antipsychotic medicines, psychological therapies, and social support.

Complications of psychosis (

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 Contact Scotland BSL service.

Find out how to use the Contact Scotland BSL service

Last updated:
06 April 2023