Psychosis is most commonly associated with schizophrenia. Contrary to popular belief, schizophrenia is not a “split personality.” Psychosis is the active state of experiencing both hallucinations and delusions. It is a person’s inability to differentiate what is real and what is not.
A Delusion is a false thought or belief that is not readily accepted by society as a whole, taking into consideration a person’s religious and cultural beliefs. Some people who experience delusions may believe that they have special powers, that people are out to get them or that special messages are being transported to them through music or television. Although a delusion may seem bizarre to others, they are very real to the person experiencing them.
A hallucination is a false physical sensation such as hearing voices or seeing, feeling or smelling things that are not present. They are perceived as being very real to the person who is experiencing them and can be very frightening.
- Experiencing Delusions
- Experiencing Hallucinations
- Thinking difficulties
- Difficulties expressing oneself verbally
- Loss of drive or motivation
- Social withdrawal
- Blunted or inappropriate emotions
- Catatonic or hyperactive behavior
*Mental disorders should only be diagnosed by a trained medical professional. Symptoms are listed for information only and not for diagnostic purposes. Diagnoses is complicated and can have many variables. DO NOT ATTEMPT to diagnose yourself or someone else based on symptoms you see listed herein in yourself or someone else. If you are concerned and recognize some of the listed symptoms, seek help from a trained professional.