What is Psychosis?

Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality, usually including false ideas about what is taking place or who one is (delusions) and seeing or hearing things that aren’t there (hallucinations).

Psychosis is a severe mental condition in which there is a loss of contact with reality. There are many possible causes:

  • Alcohol and certain drugs
  • Brain tumors
  • Dementia (including Alzheimer’s)
  • Epilepsy
  • Manic depression (bipolar disorder)
  • Psychotic depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Stroke

Psychosis Symptoms

  • Abnormal displays of emotion
  • Confusion
  • Depression and sometimes suicidal thoughts
  • Disorganized thought and/or speech
  • Extreme excitement (mania)
  • False beliefs (delusions)
  • Loss of touch with reality
  • Mistaken perceptions (illusions)
  • Seeing, hearing, feeling or perceiving things that are not there (hallucinations)
  • Unfounded fear/suspicion

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Information provided by the National Institutes of Health