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

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