What is Psychosis?

Psychosis is a term used to describe symptoms such as:

  1.  hallucinations- hearing voices that other people don’t hear or seeing things that other people don’t see)
  2.  delusions -a fixed belief not based in reality, or
  3. paranoia – intense, anxious, or fearful feelings.

These symptoms are very responsive to early treatment and intervention. When left untreated, the symptoms often develop into serious mental illness (such as bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder or schizophrenia).

According to SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, most individuals with first episode psychosis experience warning signs of illness during adolescence and early adulthood. Failing to recognize and provide early treatment  for persons experiencing psychosis often leads to individuals living with a lifetime of disability. Through the promise of early intervention for psychosis treatments, individuals with psychosis are much more able to live healthy and productive lives—at school, at work, and at home.