What is Psychosis?
Psychosis is a general term used to describe a number of symptoms.
The EIP Service works with both first episode psychosis and with young people where psychosis may be developing.
Symptoms of psychosis may include:
- Increased suspicion or paranoia, feeling of being watched or followed.
- Hearing or seeing things that are not there, hallucinations.
- Experiencing strange thoughts, e.g. ‘comments on the Radio/TV seem to be about me’.
- Mood feeling low, feeling hopeless about the future.
- Not sleeping, feeling restless or agitated. Not eating.
- Thoughts feeling ‘racy’, confused or muddled.
Symptoms of a developing psychosis may include:
- A sense of being worried or suspicious
- Getting irritable or angry over trivial things, feeling unusually tense.
- Feeling an underlying anxiety over nothing specific.
- Marked changes in mood – feeling depressed, feeling a sense of hopelessness, feeing low and thinking that something bad could happen, or feeling unusually happy.
- Having problems getting going, getting organised or maintaining a routine.
- Thoughts feeling muddled or confused.
- Sleep pattern changed.
Some find these symptoms difficult and frightening while others are less troubled by them.
Psychosis can be caused by a range of factors including environmental, physical, social, psychological and biological.
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