If you are experiencing psychosis, you might see or hear or believe things that others may not. You may believe your experiences are real. Some people describe it as a ‘break from reality’.

Overview of psychosis

This section provides information about psychosis. How it is diagnosed, possible causes and where to get further information and support.

  • Psychosis is a medical term used to describe seeing, hearing or believing things that others do not
  • Common symptoms of psychosis are hearing voices and believing others are trying to harm you
  • • There are many possible causes of psychosis, including drug use, extreme stress or brain injury. It can also be a symptom of mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia
  • There is no one single cause of psychosis, but genes and your environment can play a part

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