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What is psychosis?
Psychosis is an experience where someone loses touch with reality. While it is often very frightening and disorientating, some people can also have positive or heightened feelings as well.
There are various causes of psychosis. For instance, it can be linked to mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar affective disorder. It can also be a temporary issue caused by stress, lack of sleep or use of substances like LSD.
Women who have recently given birth can experience psychosis, while for other people it can be triggered by intense spiritual practices. Increasingly, there is a recognition that people who experience psychosis are likely to also have had past traumas. Whatever the cause, psychosis can be terrifying, confusing and isolating.
Thankfully, the right therapy can help you with managing psychosis. A good therapist can talk you through your experience, work with you in making sense of it and support you in finding a way forward.
Signs of psychosis
Hallucinations (seeing, hearing or feeling something that isn’t there)
Delusions e.g. believing that there is a conspiracy to harm you
Seeing patterns or ‘messages’ in your environment
Feeling that things or people aren’t real
Depersonalisation (feelings of detachment)
Experiencing a sense of heightened reality
Suspicion or fear of others
Disorganised or rapid speech
Racing thoughts and distractibility
Help with psychosis
These therapies have been shown to be effective with psychosis: CBT, ACT, CFT, EMDR, Art Therapy, Systemic Family Therapy.
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