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Psychosis refers to a mental health condition where individuals perceive or interpret reality in a significantly distorted way. This manifests through two main symptoms: hallucinations, where a person experiences things that aren't present (like hearing voices or seeing things that others can't), and delusions, where an individual holds false, fixed beliefs despite evidence to the contrary.

Psychosis can be a symptom of several mental health disorders, including schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, and severe depression. It can also be triggered by certain medical conditions, substance misuse, or extreme stress or trauma.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), psychosis is defined not as a disorder in itself, but as a symptom of other mental health disorders. Similarly, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) and the World Health Organisation also define psychosis as a symptom rather than a standalone condition.

• If you or a loved one begin to experience hallucinations or delusions.
• When these experiences cause significant distress or fear.
• If these symptoms interfere with daily activities, work, or relationships.
• When you notice a rapid decline in self-care or personal hygiene.
• If you observe unusual behavior, thought patterns, or emotional responses.

These experiences can be overwhelming and even scary, but early intervention can drastically improve the prognosis. It's crucial to seek professional help as soon as possible if you recognize any of these signs.

Psychologists play a critical role in managing psychosis. We provide comprehensive psychoeducation to help individuals and their families understand the nature of psychosis. We employ cognitive-behavioral therapy to help manage symptoms, challenge unhelpful beliefs, and promote healthier thought patterns. Furthermore, we can provide strategies for stress management, as stress can often exacerbate symptoms of psychosis.

If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of psychosis, don't hesitate to reach out. Our team of compassionate and experienced psychologists is ready to support you through your journey. Call us now and take that first step towards understanding and managing psychosis.

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