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Signs of Psychosis

Psychosis is a complex medical condition in which changes in the brain make it difficult for a person to tell what is real and what isn’t. Psychosis can go undetected until the lives of a person and their family are substantially disrupted. Symptoms of psychosis tend to be intermittent or happen gradually over a period of many months. If you or a loved one identify with these symptoms, seek out treatment immediately. The earlier people experiencing psychosis get help, the better the outcomes.

Psychosis occurs more often than some think, affecting 3 in 100 people, regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, or socioeconomic status. Below is some information on the symptoms and early signs of psychosis.

Psychosis symptoms typically include:

  • Hallucinations: hearing or seeing things that aren’t there
  • Delusions: false or bizarre beliefs that make sense to the individual, including irrational suspicions of others
  • Confused thinking: disorganized thoughts or speech; difficulty concentrating or understanding others
  • Sensation sensitivity: Ordinary sounds, lights, or touches become overwhelming
  • Withdrawal: Loss of interest in things a person used to enjoy, or significant isolating from others

Early signs of psychosis:

  • Stark deterioration in work, school, relationships, & self-care/hygiene
  • Other people notice changes in person’s thinking or behavior
  • Thinking and speech is disorganized, paranoid, or preoccupied with a specific topic
  • Behavior is out of place for the setting around him or her
  • Decreased motivation & energy
  • Difficulties with memory & concentrating
  • Changes in sleep & appetite
  • Feeling anxious, irritable, or depressed

Do you recognize these experiences in someone you know? Contact us at (773) 432-6555 or YoungAdult@thresholds.org for more information. 

Know a young adult with mental health needs, but who does not have a recent onset of psychosis? Check out our Emerge programs.