Psychosis– Related Issues

"I don't feel like myself."

 

What is Psychosis?

People suffering from psychosis are unable to tell what is real and what is unreal. They may see or hear things that other people around them don’t see or hear. They may also have thoughts or behaviors that seem irrational or odd. People experiencing psychosis are not “crazy”; they simply have lost touch with reality as a result of mental illness.

 

Should I be Worried?

If you experience more than one of the following symptoms, then it is a good idea to talk to someone (such as a doctor or psychiatrist) about it:

  • You see, hear, taste, smell or feel things that others tell you aren’t real or normal.
  • You have a strong belief in something when everyone else tells you it’s not true. For example, you may believe that you are being watched or followed all the time. You hold onto this belief even when your friends or loved ones tell you that it’s not true.
  • You do things that other people often find weird or odd. For example, you talk to yourself in front of other people.
  • There is a history of mental health issues or psychosis in your family.
  • People tell you it’s hard to understand you or that you don’t make sense, when you think you are speaking clearly.

 

If you feel like more than one of these symptoms apply to you, this does not automatically mean that you are suffering from psychosis and you should not panic. The first step is to talk to someone you trust (e.g. a family member, teacher at school, a friend) and ask them what they have noticed and if they are concerned about you. If so, you can ask for their help to get in touch with a doctor to check out these concerns. 

 

Tips for Prevention and Wellness

 Although psychosis can feel scary, the good news is that getting help early can make a big difference. Psychosis, like many other mental health conditions, is known to respond well to treatment, especially when it is caught early. If you have any of the symptoms mentioned earlier, and/or there is a history of mental illness in your family, it may be a good idea to speak to a doctor or psychiatrist to get a “mental health” checkup.

 

Research shows that the effects of psychosis can be kept well under control with proper medications and consistent treatment. The best thing that a person with psychosis can do is to try to get involved in productive activities while taking the proper medication. This might include talking to a trained counselor or therapist as well. Trying to keep your mind busy and active will go a long way in minimizing the effects of psychotic illness.

 

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