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  • I didn't hear voices, but I would hear music looping in my head uncontrollably

  • I felt like everyone was watching me. I was paranoid about pretty much everything

  • I suspected I was being set up for something. I even worried my food was being drugged

  • Thankfully, I've made, what I believe to be, a full recovery

  • I learned how to maintain an appearance of being a sane, reasonably normal person

  • I hear voices, see things others can't and perceive the world in a way others would deem surreal

  • I can't go around ignoring my delusions but I can acknowledge and accept them for what they are

  • I feel fine most of the time but can get ill if I don't take my medication

  • I wish people would understand I'm still the same person, I just get ill at times

  • I have some really good friends who have stuck by me

  • It was such a relief to go to the doctor and get the help I needed

  • I thought spiders were crawling up my skin

  • I smoked too much skunk. It really did my head in

  • It's scary what our minds can do

  • I felt so much better once I got the treatment I needed

  • I only had one episode. I now take great care of my mental health

  • Some people think psychosis has something to do with psycho. They need to know it's not

Psychosis describes being in a mental state where you see, hear or think things that aren't real. You may be experiencing hallucinations – when you see or hear things that aren't there; or delusions – when you believe things that aren't true. These experiences can be confusing and worrying for you, or for people around you. Some young children experience these things and grow out of it. Psychosis can be a sign of a more serious illness, like schizophrenia or bi-polar disorder, which you might need professional help to manage.

How common is it?

Estimates show one in every 200 people in the UK has experienced psychosis. You may only experience one psychotic episode in your life, or you may experience more. Drugs or alcohol can cause psychotic episodes which might only last for a few days or may cause longer term problems. When psychotic states are part of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder you may have more frequent and longer lasting episodes which affect your life more. Psychotic illnesses often take a long time to develop. The sooner you get help, the better your recovery.  It's important you get lots of support from family and friends as well as professional help. 


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