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Psychotic episodes

Psychosis is a medical word used to describe a series of mental health problems that cause hallucinations and delusions (having a psychotic episode).
Symptoms of psychosis
The four main symptoms of psychosis are hallucinations, delusions, confused and disturbed thoughts, and a lack of insight and self-awareness
Causes of psychosis
Common causes of psychosis include bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and drug and/or alcohol misuse
Diagnosing psychosis
Your GP will be able to look at your symptoms and rule out short-term causes, such as drug misuse.
Treating psychosis
Treatment for psychosis involves using a combination of antipsychotic medicines and psychological therapies.
Complications of psychosis
A serious complication of psychosis is that people with the condition have an increased risk of suicide.
Preventing psychosis
It is not always possible to prevent psychosis. However, you can prevent psychosis that is caused by substances by not taking illegal drugs.
George and Josh's story
NHS Choices information on psychosis, including causes, symptoms and treatment.
"Simple misunderstandings preoccupied me and seemed sinister"
Andrew is in his 50s and lives on the South Coast. His early psychotic experiences lasted a number of years and had a profound effect on his life
'My mind was running away with itself'
Sarah is 29 and lives in the north of England. She had a significant psychotic episode in her early 20s, during which she was abducted and assaulted.
"Voices in my head would say unkind things"
Delusions and voices have been a daily feature of Richard’s life for more than 10 years. Despite this he recently completed a master's degree in broadcast
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