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Welcome to our Psychosis self-help page. Here we will explore what psychosis is, what causes it, treatment and support available and provide advice for family and friends

What is psychosis

Psychosis affects different people in different ways. You may have a one off experience or you may have shorter or more prolonged periods of psychosis throughout your life.

Hallucinations and Delusions are the most common symptoms associated with psychosis. You may also experience disorganised thought and speech patterns.

Visual hallucinations are characterised by seeing images which other people cannot, such as people, faces, religious figures, or animals. You may also find that your senses are activated with no apparent cause; for instance, smelling things which other people are not aware of. Auditory hallucinations can also occur; in which you may hear voices which no one else can.

Delusions are powerful beliefs which are usually unrealistic. For example, you may believe that you have non-human powers or that you are being followed by an intelligence agency.  

Why do people experience psychosis

There are many reasons why you may experience psychosis; for example, due to sleep deprivation, mental health problems like schizophrenia, drug use, genetic predisposition, abuse, trauma and physical injury

Click on the picture below to open up the ‘Understanding Psychosis’ booklet 

What do others say who have experienced Psychosis

Louise discusses her experience of Psychosis  

Reka shares her story of living with psychosis  

Naomi shares her experience of postpartum psychosis  

Jen explains how friends and family supported her after experiencing a psychotic episode 


Useful Contacts

Hearing Voices Network

Overview: Information and support for people who hear voices 
Telephone: 01142 718 210 


Overview: International community for people who hear voices 

Rethink Mental Illness

Overview: Information, advice and support for anyone experiencing mental health problems 

NHS Choices - Hallucinations and hearing voices

Website: www.nhs.uk

NHS Choices Psychosis

Website: www.nhs.uk


Nhs.uk. (2016). Psychosis - NHS Choices. [online] Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Psychosis/Pages/Introductionx [Accessed 10 Oct. 2016]

Mind.org.uk. (2016). Psychosis | Mind, the mental health charity - help for mental health problems. [online] Available at: http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/psychosis/ [Accessed 10 Oct. 2016]

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