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