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Psychosis occurs when illness, drug use, or severe stress disrupts the functioning of the brain to such an extent that it interferes with our normal experience of reality – for example, hearing voices when no one else is around or experiencing disorganised thoughts or behaviour.
Most people are able to recover from an episode of psychosis, although sometimes psychosis may be part of a longer-term illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. If you think you may be experiencing psychosis it is important that you seek treatment early.
- Learn about the symptoms of psychosis so you can understand what is happening and get help early.
- Treatment involves both medication and support. Make use of community support services for optimal recovery.
- It is important that you take care of yourself to help prevent relapse - learn tips for reducing stress, and make your wellbeing a priority – keep active, eat a balanced diet, get a good night’s sleep, and make time for fun activities.
- Delusions are false beliefs, such as thinking that someone is plotting against you or that the TV is sending you secret messages
- Hallucinations are false perceptions, such as hearing, seeing, or feeling something that is not there
- Hearing voices is one of the most common symptoms for people with psychosis
- At times, medication is needed to help control distressing symptoms
- Talk therapy can also help
- There are special early intervention programmes for teenagers experiencing psychosis as this has been shown to reduce the likelihood of long-term problems
- For serious episodes, admission to hospital may be needed if a person might be dangerous to him/herself or others.
|What is psychosis?|
|Puerperal psychosis & postnatal depression|
|Cannabis users get schizophrenia earlier|
In this section you will find resources to help reduce stress and improve wellbeing.
|Help with Psychosis Workbook for Youth|
|Information for Clients|
|Information for Family & Friends|
|How can I help?|
Resources to help improve clinical practice.
|Psychoactive drugs - CME quiz feedback - Feb 2007|
|Monitoring for metabolic disorders in patients taking antipsychotics - Feb 2007|
|Schizophrenia - NZ treatment guide for consumers and carers - 2005|
In this section you will find resources to help you be the best support person you can be; plus support services around the country.
|Early Psychosis Prevention & Information Centre|
|Health Translations Directory|
|Psychoses related websites|
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