The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) describes psychosis as: “An episode
of psychosis is when a person has a break from reality and often involves seeing,
hearing and believing things that aren’t real.” Approximately 3 in 100 people
will experience an episode of psychosis during their lives.
Young adults are at an increased risk of experiencing an episode of psychosis because
of the hormonal and structural changes in the brain that occur during puberty,
but a psychotic episode can occur at any age. Psychosis is not a specific illness; rather,
it is a symptom. A psychotic episode can be the result of a mental illness such
as schizophrenia, physical illness, or injury, especially those involving the brain;
substance use such as LSD and various “designer drugs;” trauma, for example, a
violent assault; or extreme stress.
A person with psychosis or a psychotic break cannot tell what is real. The National
Institute of Mental Health notes that symptoms of a psychotic episode can include
incoherent speech and disorganized behavior, such as unpredictable anger, but psychosis
typically involves one of two major experiences:
• Hallucinations: Seeing, hearing, or physically feeling things that aren’t
actually there. The commonest example is hearing voices that may tell you to
• Delusions: Strong, sometimes bizarre beliefs that are irrational, not true, and
not part of the person’s culture. For example, thinking you have special
powers or are on a special mission, or having paranoid delusions that others
are trying to harm you.
Psychosis can also manifest as impaired thought process with disorganized thinking
in the absence of delusions or hallucinations.
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