What is psychosis and its symptoms?
The experience of some these symptoms is called a psychotic episode.
Psychotic episodes vary in length and frequency. For some people they can last for a few days while for others they can continue until they are treated. Some people have them regularly while for others episodes may happen rarely.
If you have a psychotic episode, you may not know that you are unwell. You may believe that what you are experiencing is actually happening.
For example, you may believe:
- you are being followed,
- your life is at risk,
- you are being threatened.
It can also be a symptom of dementia, some forms of personality disorder and Parkinson’s disease.
Psychosis can be caused by:
- drug and alcohol abuse,
- severe stress or anxiety,
- severe depression,
- sleep deprivation,
- rare side effects of some types of medication.
If you are concerned about the medication you are taking and psychosis, please speak with your doctor.
Medications known to include possible psychotic side effects include:
- Muscle relaxants
- Cardiovascular medication
- Antihypertensive medications
- Antiparkinson medications
- Chemotherapy agents
Types of supports for psychosis?
The treatment for psychosis can include a combination of:
- social supports like family support or group support,
- psychological therapies like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and other talking therapies, and
Your doctor will be able to help you find the best treatment for you. Go to our recovery page to learn more.