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PSYCHOSIS

Psychosis is when a person loses touch with reality, and the line between what is real and what is not becomes blurred. Psychosis often prevents a person from thinking clearly and inhibits their ability to define reality from their imagination.

If you experience psychosis, your perception and interpretation of what’s happening may be very different to that of those around you. Your mind may play tricks on you, causing unusual thoughts, feelings and behaviours. You may experience hallucinations; seeing, hearing or believing things that other people do not.

For individuals with psychosis, the world can seem like a confusing jumble of feelings, images and sounds that are frustratingly outside of their immediate control.

This fact-sheet explores the symptoms and the possible causes of psychosis, the treatment options available as well as some practical suggestions on how you can help yourself when experiencing psychosis.

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