Focus on psychosis


Focus on psychosis

The stigma associated with psychosis means that the many people who are affected by psychosis can find it difficult to talk about. We want to help change that.

We want more people to learn about psychosis and to be aware of the possible early signs. The earlier someone gets help, the less severe the long-term impact on their life is likely to be. The more informed we are, the better we can all look out for one another, spot the signs and get help sooner.

There are lots of things that we can all do to look after our mental health and many of our suggestions can also be helpful in recovery from psychosis, staying healthy and reducing risk of further episodes.

Find out what happened at the brilliant, stigma-busting Reality Check Festival organised by AWP's early intervention teams to share some positivity about mental health in a festival atmosphere.

What is psychosis?

During psychosis a person perceives the world around them very differently to other people. A psychotic experience or episode can be distressing and often includes things like hearing or seeing things that other people can't see or hear. It may also involve unusual beliefs that others don't share such as thinking others are trying to harm you or your friends or family. Sometimes it can be difficult to know who can be trusted, especially if you feel at risk.

The short film Psychosis is Nothing Like a Badger by Henry Gale helps to explain what psychosis is.

Around one in 100 people experience a psychosis. Some have just one episode in their lifetime, others experience psychosis many times. For most people, getting treatment and support as soon as possible during their first episode of psychosis reduces the impact of psychosis and can significantly reduce the likelihood of further episodes.

What causes psychosis?

A wide range of health conditions and experiences can trigger psychosis. They include - but are not limited to - severe stress, severe depression, traumatic experiences, sleep deprivation and substance (drug or alcohol) misuse. 

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