When you have psychosis, you will usually have very unusual and sometimes unpleasant and frightening thoughts and feelings. They might appear suddenly, or they might start gradually so that only people like your close family and friends notice you’re behaving strangely.
You might experience one or more of the symptoms below:
- Delusions - You might experience strong, unusual beliefs, called delusions. For example, you might think that you are being spied on by the TV or that you have special powers. These beliefs will be obviously untrue to the people around you, but not to you.
- Disordered thinking – You might experience disordered thoughts and be unable to think clearly. Your ideas might seem extremely jumbled or confused, and other people might find it very difficult to follow what you say.
- Hallucinations – You might see, hear, smell or feel things that aren’t really there. These experiences are called hallucinations. The most common hallucination that people have is hearing voices. Hallucinations can feel very real and frightening to the person having them.
Psychosis can make your school and home life challenging. It can affect your sleep and appetite, and your ability to concentrate and enjoy things.
You might find yourself becoming frustrated and angry with your friends or family. Some people try to smoke or drink alcohol to feel better, but this tends to make things worse.
Some people find the symptoms of psychosis so distressing that they feel like harming themselves. If this happens, or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of psychosis, speak to your doctor or someone you trust straight away.