Hearing or seeing unusual things; having thoughts or ideas that others don’t share; these can be features of a psychotic illness. Such experiences can be frightening and are often perceived as very real.
There are lots of different causes including the use of drugs such as cannabis or cocaine. Extreme depression or mania can also cause psychosis. Careful and expert assessment is needed in all cases of psychosis.
Many forms of psychosis are treatable allowing recovery. Medication is often needed and it is important to choose the right medicine for each individual. Psychological therapy, is also often very helpful not only in understanding these experiences but in reducing the risk of symptoms return.
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