What is psychosis?

Psychosis is a psychological condition that causes individuals to regard or interpret the world in different ways from those around them. This may entail hallucinations or delusions. Learn more about psychosis and how psychotherapy for psychosis can help.

Signs and symptoms of psychosis

The 2 primary symptoms of psychosis are:

  • Hallucinations – where an individual hears, sees and also, in some cases, feels, smells or tastes things that are not there; a typical hallucination is hearing voices
    Delusions – where an individual has solid beliefs that are not shared by others; a common delusion is someone believing there’s a conspiracy theory to hurt them
    The mix of hallucinations as well as delusional thinking can trigger severe distress and changed behaviour.

Experiencing the symptoms of psychosis is typically described as having a psychotic episode.

When to seek medical help

You must see a General Practitioner instantly if you’re experiencing signs of psychosis

It is very important psychosis is treated asap, as early therapy can be a lot more efficient.

Your General Practitioner might ask you some questions to help establish what’s triggering your psychosis.

They will refer you to a mental health professional for further analysis as well as treatment.

Learn more about identifying psychosis.

Getting assistance for others
If you’re concerned about a person you know, you might contact their General Practitioner.

If they’re obtaining support from a mental health service, you can call their mental health worker.

If you think the individual’s signs and symptoms are positioning them at feasible risk of harm, you can:

  • take them to the closest A&E
  • if they agree call their General Practitioner or neighbourhood out-of-hours General Practitioner
    phone call 999 and request an ambulance.


A variety of psychological health helplines are additionally offered that can provide expert guidance.

Reasons for psychosis

It’s in some cases possible to recognise the reason for psychosis, such as:

Schizophrenia— a problem that triggers a range of emotional signs and symptoms, consisting of hallucinations and also delusions
Bipolar affective disorder— a psychological health problem that affects mood; a person with bipolar affective disorder can have episodes of low state of mind (depression) and highs or elated mood (mania).
Serious depression— some individuals with depression likewise have signs and symptoms of psychosis when they’re extremely depressed.

Psychosis can likewise be set off by:.

  • a stressful experience.
  • stress
  • drug or alcohol abuse
  • adverse effects of prescribed drugs.
  • a physical problem, such as a brain tumour.

Just how frequently a psychotic episode happens and for how long it lasts can rely on the underlying cause.

Treating psychosis.

Treatment for psychosis entails making use of a combination of:.

  • antipsychotic drugs- which can aid ease the symptoms of psychosis
  • psychotherapy for psychosis-  cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT for psychosis) has proved effective in helping people with psychosis, and family therapy (a type of therapy that may involve partners, member of the family and close friends) has been demonstrated to minimise the requirement for hospital treatment in individuals with psychosis. To see a therapist at Rodney Street therapies who offers psychotherapy for psychosis, contact Anthony Lacey
  • social support– assistance with social needs, such as education, employment or holiday accommodation.
    After an episode of psychosis, the majority of people that get better with medication need to keep taking it for a minimum of a year.

Around 50% of individuals require to take long-term medication to stop signs and symptoms returning.

If an individual’s psychotic episodes are severe, they might require to be admitted to a psychiatric healthcare facility for therapy.

Complications of psychosis.

Individuals with a history of psychosis are most likely than others to have medicine or alcohol abuse issues, or both.

Some people use these substances as a way of managing psychotic symptoms.

However substance abuse can make psychotic signs and symptoms even worse or create other troubles.

Self-harm and suicide.
Individuals with psychosis have a higher than ordinary risk of self-harm and also self-destruction.

See a GP if you’re self-harming.

You can additionally call the Samaritans, free of charge, on 116 123 for support.

The mental health and wellness charity Mind additionally has some useful information and also suggestions.

If you believe a good friend or loved one is self-harming, look out for indications of unexplained cuts, swellings or cigarette burns, normally on the wrists, arms, thighs as well as chest.

Individuals who self-harm may keep themselves hidden at all times, even in heat.

Find out more regarding:.

obtaining help if you self-harm.
detecting the indications of self-harm in others.
If you’re really feeling self-destructive, you can:.

call the Samaritans support solution on 116 123.
go to your nearby A&E and also tell the team just how you’re feeling.
contact NHS 111.
speak with a friend relative or someone you count on.
make an immediate visit to see a General Practitioner or your psychiatrist or treatment team.

To see a therapist at Rodney Street therapies who works with psychosis, contact Anthony Lacey