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More common than we may think, ‘psychosis’ is not an illness but a broad clinical term that embodies a range of symptoms in which our thoughts, perceptions, behaviors or feelings become disrupted. Psychosis can trigger misinterpretation or confusion when interacting with the world, which can feel disorienting and cause distress.Read More +
Psychosis is sometimes related to a serious mental illness but experiences of psychosis can occur for other reasons such as with substance use or with certain medical conditions.
Many people see or hear things that others don’t, and anyone can experience psychosis.
When psychosis symptoms cause you significant distress or are interfering with living the life you want, that is time to connect with help, like that found at a Pennsylvania First Episode Psychosis Center.
Early or first-episode psychosis (FEP) refers to the initial time someone starts to have psychosis symptoms, like hearing things that other people don’t or having unusual beliefs that others don’t share, which are bothersome and can interfere with relationships with family or friends, or with school or work.
Psychosis symptoms can come and go, and can vary in intensity over time. The length of an episode varies greatly from person to person, lasting anywhere from a few hours to a few days, weeks or months. Acting quickly to connect with the right treatment during this time of early psychosis, or FEP, can help shift the trajectory of long-term outcomes.
Experiencing psychosis may feel scary and isolating, but recovery is possible. If you or someone you know is struggling it is important not to wait, but to seek help early. We know that the earlier people seek care, the better the chances they will get back on track and achieve their life goals.
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While psychosis feels unique to different people, many have described the early recognizable symptoms as their mind playing subtle tricks on them, the world becoming out of focus, or an inability to “think straight.”Read More +
The experience of psychosis varies for everyone. Some common experiences that may mean you are experiencing psychosis include: