What is Psychosis?

Psychosis does not refer to a specific disease. It is a mental health problem in which some loss of contact with reality has occurred. This is reflected in the following symptoms:

  • Disturbances in perception (hallucinations, e.g. hearing voices or seeing things that are not there)
  • Bizarre or clearly unjustified beliefs and judgments (delusions, e.g. beliefs of being persecuted with no external evidence, or thoughts of people being able to read one’s mind)
  • Disorganized thinking (speaking in ways that are confusing), or bizarre behavior

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