Psychosis is a mental disorder that can seriously affect the way you think and feel. The two most common forms of psychosis are schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder.
Symptoms may include:
- Being muddled or jumbled up about what is real and what isn’t. These are experiences in which people hear, see, feel, smell or taste things that are not really there
- Hearing voices which others cannot hear, is not uncommon
- Confused thinking may also occur, an example would be difficulty in following conversation
- Feeling down, losing energy and interest in lie
- Feeling high (mania), racing thoughts, talking too fast and appearing fidgety and nervous
- Having hallucinations
- Strange and disorganized thinking
- Having false beliefs
- Experiencing paranoia
- Feeling emotionally flat
- Strange & disorganized behaviour
If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be experiencing some of these symptoms, contact your GP.
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Disclaimer: Please be aware that the information in this section is not intended as a substitute for clinical diagnosis or to replace the advice of a medical professional. If concerned, please contact your family doctor or phone the Samaritans on 116 123, or visit www.yourmentalhealth.ie.
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