Symptoms of psychosis

Typical examples of psychosis include hallucinations, when you see, hear or feel things which are not actually there, for example:

  • Hearing voices
  • Seeing things which other people do not see
  • Feeling someone touching you who is not there
  • Smelling things which other people cannot

Delusions (these are beliefs that are not true and may seem irrational to others), for example you may believe:

  • You are being followed by secret agents or members of the public
  • People are out to get you or trying to kill you. This can be strangers or family members
  • Something has been planted in your brain to monitor your thoughts
  • You have special powers, are on a special mission or in some cases that you are a God

You may not always find these experience distressing, although some people do. You may be able to stay in work and function at a high level in your life, even if you have these experiences.

Cognitive experiences are ones that relate to mental action; such as learning, remembering and functioning. Some cognitive experiences associated with psychosis are:

  • Being unable to concentrate
  • Memory problems
  • Unable to take on information
  • Poor decision making

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