Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality, usually including false ideas about what is taking place or who one is (delusions) and seeing or hearing things that aren’t there (hallucinations). Psychosis can prevent people from functioning normally and caring for themselves. If the condition is left untreated, people can find themselves in dangerous situations.
Psychosis encompasses all (or some) of these states…
- Abnormal displays of emotion
- Depression and sometimes suicidal thoughts
- Disorganized thought and speech
- Extreme excitement (mania) or agitation (anger, irritation)
- False beliefs (delusions)
- Loss of touch with reality
- Mistaken perceptions (illusions)
- Seeing, hearing, feeling, or perceiving things that are not there (hallucinations)
- Unfounded fear/suspicion
Psychosis is a weird experience for which there are few words that translate well into normal experience. Normal experience is based on constants, stability, one reality; psychosis is liquid, like mixing oil and water, where one reality forms around the other. Your outer surroundings and thoughts influence the direction of psychosis, but for many there is an over-arching theme or story that accompanies all and each break from reality – so it is really a reality of its own. Most know psychosis from its outward appearance – the actions and words of the ill.
From the inside, psychosis is…
- Extremely frightening
- Enveloping and totally immersive
Medicine for psychosis (anti-psychotics) is an art more than a science. Each person may or may not respond to a given med. It can take months respond to a medicine and years to find the right medicine. Even while on medicine, a person can still have symptoms and may show any degree of variable or relative disability.
“Psychosis.” Google Health. Google Health, Web. 6 Mar 2010. <https://health.google.com/health/ref/Psychosis>.