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Psychosis is a mental health condition characterized by a disconnection from reality. People experiencing psychosis may have altered perceptions of the world around them, including distorted thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Common symptoms of psychosis include:

  1. Hallucinations: Perceptions of things that are not present, such as hearing voices, seeing things, or feeling sensations that others do not.

  2. Delusions: Strongly held false beliefs that are resistant to reasoning or contrary evidence. These beliefs are often irrational and may contribute to unusual or erratic behavior.

  3. Disorganized thinking: Individuals may have difficulty organizing their thoughts, leading to incoherent or nonsensical speech and behavior.

  4. Impaired insight: People experiencing psychosis may not be aware that their thoughts and perceptions are distorted, making it challenging for them to recognize the need for treatment.

  5. Agitation or catatonia: Some individuals may display increased restlessness and nervousness, while others may become immobile and unresponsive.

Psychosis can be a symptom of various mental health disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe depression, and certain medical conditions. Substance abuse, sleep deprivation, and extreme stress can also trigger psychotic episodes in some cases.

It’s important to note that psychosis is a treatable condition, and early intervention can significantly improve outcomes. Treatment often involves a combination of antipsychotic medications, psychotherapy, and support from mental health professionals, family, and friends. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of psychosis, it’s crucial to seek professional help promptly.

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